Cynthia Torppa became the regional director of OSU Extension’s Northwest Region on June 2, 2014. On February 28, 2018, Dr. Torppa was apointed as the director of OSU Extension's new Learning and Organizational Development Unit.
Dr. Torppa graduated from Ohio State with an undergraduate degree in psychology and M.A. and Ph.D. (1988) degrees from the Department of Communication. Her interests and career have addressed both academic and outreach education and research. She has served as an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Delaware and Pennsylvania State University and most recently as a professor at Marshall University. She also has served as a county educator and specialist with OSU Extension. Her primary areas of academic specialization have been interpersonal and organizational communication, and she has authored or co-authored more than 25 journal publications in those and related areas.
Dr. Torppa has received numerous awards, including The Ohio State University Department of Communication Walter B. Emmery Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Service, the University of Delaware Continuing Education Award for Excellence in Teaching Adults, the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Program Excellence through Research Award and Dean Don Felker Financial Management Award, and the National Association of Community Development Professionals Excellence in Community Development Programming Award.