American Association for Agricultural Education (aaae) Fall 2004 Newsletter



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  • American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) Fall 2004 Newsletter
  • California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo
  • Cornell University
  • Iowa State University
  • Montana State University – Bozeman
  • Murray State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Oregon State University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • Tarleton State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Tech
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Utah State University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Washington State University
  • West Texas A&M
  • California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo
  • Teachers in Residence Cal Poly is fortunate to have three Teachers in Residence this year.  The Agricultural Education and Communication Department welcomes veteran teachers Larry Shuklian from Golden West High School in Visalia, Jerry Clark from Templeton High School, and Bob Cummings from Shandon High School.  This is one avenue for professional growth and development of outstanding professionals in our teaching ranks.  This opportunity allows accomplished practitioners to join the department and share their expertise in the pre-professional program.
  • Teaching Opportunities There were 127 jobs posted this year on the Teaching Opportunities Bulletin circulated statewide.  There exists a severe teacher shortage in agricultural education in California, and this is a recurring problem.  Teacher educators and state staff in agricultural education have identified this as a priority issue to address during the academic year. Budget and Finances California's budget woes continue to plague operations funded by the state coffers, including higher education.  Cal Poly is fortunate in that students voted several years ago to increase their fees by $200 per quarter to enhance their educational experience.  Little did they know at that time that their funds would be used to offset budget difficulties in the ensuing years.  The budget outlook for 2005-06 is somewhat positive, but the student fees will allow us Cal Poly to be somewhat flexible in responding to financial needs during these uncertain times.
  • New Faculty Member(s)
  • Mr. Perry Dewey joined the faculty of the Agricultural Science Education program at Cornell this fall as a lecturer and PhD student. Mr. Dewey is a 24-year veteran of teaching agriculture in New York. He has been honored as New York’s Agriculture Teacher of the Year and served as the President of our NYAAE. This fall we are conducting a search for a new assistant professor of Agricultural Science Education and hope to be able to announce another new faculty member n the Spring AAAE Newsletter.
  • Cornell Agricultural Science Education
  • The Cornell Teacher Education (CTE) program is a fully integrated program for the education of math, science, and agriscience teachers. As an integral part of CTE, the Agricultural Science Education program provides for teacher certification at either the BS or MAT level. Our student numbers are growing rapidly, partially as a result of alliances with the NY Association of Agricultural Educators and with undergraduate agriculture programs at Morrisville State College, SUNY Cobleskill, and Alfred State College.
  • Agricultural Education Outreach
  • The Agricultural Education Outreach (AEO) Program, as part of the Department of Education at Cornell University, provides technical and professional assistance and guidance for New York’s 240 teachers of agriculture. AEO partners each year with NY Agri-Tech Prep and NYAAE to bring the ag educators of New York together for a number of inservice and professional development sessions. The primary session is our professional development conference which was held June 27-30 at SUNY Cobleskill. Over 100 teachers participated in the 4 day conference.
  • LEAD New York
  • LEAD NY is a statewide leadership development program for professionals in agriculture and is housed in Cornell’s Dept. of Education. The LEAD program is currently in its 20th year and will graduate its 10th class of leaders for New York agriculture this summer after a week-long study trip to South Texas and Mexico. LEAD is recruiting for its 11th cohort of students.
  • New York Agriculture in the Classroom
  • New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC) is housed in Cornell’s Dept. of Education and is a partnership of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NY Dept. of Agriculture and Markets, NY State Education Dept., and NY Farm Bureau. NYAITC’s signature program is Kids growing Food, which involves helping elementary school teachers grow school gardens and use that experience to promote agricultural literacy and reinforce integrated learning in the core academic areas.
  • Cornell University
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  • Iowa State University
  • Summit on Agricultural Education The Iowa Governor's Council on Agricultural Education is launching a new effort to enhance agricultural education in the state. Twelve public hearings will be held across Iowa during the Spring of 2005. In addition, a survey of agricultural businesses will be conducted. All of this information will be used in planning and conducting the third statewide Summit on Agricultural Education and will result in the unveiling of the new Grand Plan for Agricultural Education in Iowa.
  • Professor in the Classroom Recently, Drs. David Acker, Levon Esters and Robert Martin have conducted numerous Professor-in-the-Classroom activities in several high schools across Iowa. This College of Agriculture program provides high school students the opportunity to learn some technical information and/or skill presented by Iowa State University faculty members. High school teachers and students have enjoyed having professors in their classrooms teaching about an area of interest to the students. This program also helps professors relate their technical knowledge to the high school experience.
  • New Hire Jessica Bowser, a graduate of Kansas State University, has joined our staff to assist in teaching the Ag Ed and Studies 450 course. This course is the very popular farm business management course that has an enrollment of 35 students each semester. The students actually make all the management decisions on this 1400 acre crop and livestock operation. Jessica will be assisting Dr. Chuck Steiner, newly appointed professor-in-charge of the course and the total farm operation.
  • Urban Agriculture Forum Dr. Levon Esters is assisting with plans for an Urban Agriculture Forum to be held in con-junction with the 2004 National Association of Agricultural Educators conference being held in Las Vegas, Nevada. This conference will focus on the unique challenges and opportunities of urban agricultural education programs. Dr. Esters' research on career development has particular relevance to the needs of urban students of agricultural education.
  • Outreach Activities in Ag Education District meetings for agricultural educators were held recently at six sites around Iowa. In-service education activities focused on curriculum development, program needs and recruitment efforts. Drs. Greg Miller, Levon Esters, Wade Miller, Nancy Grudens-Schuck, Chuck Steiner, and Robert Martin represented the College of Agriculture at these meetings and presented a brief program and up-to-date college information for use by agriculture teachers in their programs.
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  • Montana State University - Bozeman
  • Dr. Carl Igo joins Agricultural Education Faculty The MSU-Bozeman Agricultural Education program is pleased to have a new faculty member on staff.  Dr. Carl Igo is Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education at Montana State University.  Carl comes to MSU with a wealth of experience in the Agricultural Education profession. He was the Head Teacher Educator in Agriculture at Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX from 1999 to 2004. (University was re-named Texas State University-San Marcos in 2003.)  He will serve as the lead faculty member for the teacher education portion of the MSU Agricultural Education program. Graduate Students MSUs Agricultural Education program is fortunate to have an excellent group of graduate students on campus to support our teaching, research and outreach functions.  Ricarda Bradbury, Shannon Brooks, Keith Duren, Patrick Mangan and Leann Fox are all actively engaged in the MSU Agricultural Education graduate program.  Ricarda Bradbury has an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Education from Oregon State University.  Shannon Brooks is on sabbatical from USDA-FAS.  Keith Duren and Leann Fox are recent graduates of the MSU Agricultural Education program.  Patrick Mangan has a degree in Land Resources from MSU. Transition to Excellence Project Dr. Martin Frick is Project Director of a two year collaborative initiative between Montana State University (MSU) College of Agriculture, Chief Dull Knife College, and Little Big Horn College.  The project is funded by the USDAs Challenge Grant Program.  The primary objective of the project is to develop and deliver model curricula that will create improved opportunities for American Indian students from 1994 land grant colleges to transition and achieve success in the baccalaureate agricultural curricula offered by 1862 Land Grant Universities.  Frick selected as Fulbright Scholar Dr. Martin Frick has received a Fulbright Award to work at the University of Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia during Spring of 2005.  Montana State University also granted Dr. Frick a sabbatical during this same period of time.  Dr. Frick will be teaching at the University of Zagreb, assisting with curriculum development at Krizevci Technical Agriculture College and providing short courses at the University of Osijek.  He will also be conducting research with rural clientele throughout Croatia.  Moscow Study Abroad Program Item5Text:  MSU Agricultural Education students continue to study abroad at Moscow State Agro-engineering University (MSAU) in Moscow, Russia.  Over the past four years, eight MSU College of Agriculture students have elected to participate in the program which is coordinated by The Pennsylvania State University through a U.S. Department of State NSEP grant.   This year, Halsey Wallace from Choteau, Montana has decided to participate in this international experience.  Other U.S. students in the program represent the University of Florida, Texas A&M, and Maryland.  Partial monetary support for MSU students has been provided by the College of Agriculture.
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  • Murray State University School of Agriculture
  • New Faculty Murray State is pleased to welcome Brian Parr as a new faculty member in Agricultural Education. Brian will be working with several agricultural education courses and supervising student teachers. Brian will receive his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in Dec. 2004.
  • Promotion of Faculty to Dean Dr. Tony Brannon, Professor of Agricultural Education, has recently been promoted to the position of Interim Dean/Director of the School of Agriculture at Murray State.
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  • New Position in Agricultural & Extension Education We are pleased to announce that we are advertising a new position at the Assistant Professor rank in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education.  This position was the result of increased enrollment at the undergraduate level and in distance education courses.  As stated in the position announcement, our preference is for a faculty member with extension experience, but we would certainly consider someone with a teacher education background. Doctoral Program in Agricultural & Extension Education The Graduate School at NC State has approved the transfer of the Ed.D. in Occupational Education from the College of Education to the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, along with a change in the degree name to a Doctor of Education in Agricultural and Extension Education.  Both changes are effective January 2005.  We are in the process of changing the degree from an Ed.D. to a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Extension Education. Distance Education Master's Degree Approved We have received approval to offer a distance education masters degree in Agricultural and Extension Education in cooperation with North Carolina A&T State University.  This is a collaborative effort, not a joint masters degree program, but students will be required to enroll in courses at both universities.  Students will select a home university that will award the degree.  They must complete at least two courses at the cooperating university.  We look forward to working with the faculty at NC A&T State University on this program. Undergraduate Enrollment Increases Undergraduate enrollment in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education continues to increase.  We currently have 137 undergraduate students enrolled in the department.  We also had the largest group on new students this fall in recent history41 new freshmen and transfer students.  Six of our incoming freshmen received Teaching Fellows Scholarship Awards, giving the department a total of 19 students on Teaching Fellows Scholarships of $6,500 each per year.  Students in the department were awarded by the university a total of $196,759 in scholarships this year.
  • LITRE Grant NC State is involved in an initiative to improve learning technology within the university.  The initiative is called Learning in a Technology Rich Environment (LITRE).  Our department recently received a grant to implement and test the use of responding units in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences courses, giving instructors immediate feedback on student learning.  The project will begin next semester.
  • North Carolina State University
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  • The Ohio State University
  • Budke Honored
  • Dr. Wes Budke will be honored on December 10, 2004 at the ACTE Annual Convention in Las Vegas.  Dr. Budke will be receiving the Carl D. Perkins Humanitarian Award.  The award is reserved for those individuals whose careers have been distinguished by actions that have enabled career and technical education programs to respond more fully to the individual needs of people for assistance in achieving more productive lives.  Congratulations Dr. Budke!
  • Budke Retires Dr. Wes Budke has retired from The Ohio State University effective June 30, 2004.  Dr. Budke began his career at Ohio State at the National Center for Research on Vocational Education.  In 1988, Dr. Budke joined the faculty in Agricultural Education on a full-time basis.  Dr. Budke currently is assisting in the supervision of student teachers, however in early 2005, he plans to return to his native Montana and reassume the "ranch-life" he so much cherished as a youngster.
  • Agricultural and Extension Education The Agricultural Education and Extension Education programs have merged to create one program called "Agricultural and Extension Education."  The new acronym for the Department courses is "AEE".  The curriculum and courses have changed to reflect the merger of the content.  The new courses and acronym will be effective officially on July 1, 2005.
  • Student Teachers The faculty of the Department are currently supervising 34 student teachers which are placed in local high schools around the state of Ohio.  The student teachers began their experience in late August or early September, and will conclude their student teaching on November 12, 2004.  Following the student teaching experience, the students will return to campus for an intensive course of Program Planning.  Most students will complete their degree requirements in June, 2005.
  • Department Numbers The Department has had a great year relative to the number of majors in the College.  There are currently 165 majors, which is the second largest major in the College.  This fall saw 19 new first-quarter freshmen enter agricultural education.  In addition, there were 19 transfer students from other two-year, post-secondary colleges in Ohio.  The agricultural two-year campus, ATI, currently has approximately 45 pre-agricultural education majors as well.
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  • Alumni Exemplary Faculty Award The OSU AG Alumni Association selected Shelly Sitton and James White for Exemplary Faculty Awards. This award is based on an alumni survey conducted by institutional research. One of the key questions asked recent alumni to identify a faculty member who contributed significantly to their education or influenced their career. Alumni association officers surprised Dr. Sitton with this award during class and Dr. White's was presented to Carol White at the fall Agricultural Education Scholarship Banquet. Faculty Members Tenured/Reappointed Congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Kelsey for being awarded tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, effective July 1, 2004.  Also, Dr. Kelsey received the Outstanding New Agricultural Educator award by AAAE. Dr. Dwayne Cartmell and Dr. Penny Pennington were reappointed as Assistant Professors for an additional three years.
  • Math-CTE Research Project The National Center for Career and Technical Education is collaborating with OSU in conducting year two of the Math-CTE research project. This project test the notion that high school students in a contextual, math-enhanced CTE curriculum will develop a deeper understanding of math concepts than students who participate in the traditional CTE curriculum. The Oklahoma experiment includes 16 treatment and 17 control classrooms with an ag power and technology context. Dr. Craig Edwards is directing the Oklahoma experiment. Kinney Crowned Miss Oklahoma Elizabeth Kinney, 2004 agricultural communications graduate, was crowned Miss Oklahoma in June. Kinney competed against 44 other contestants in talent, evening wear, interview and physical fitness to win the title. After being named Miss Oklahoma, Kinney received more than $20,000 in scholarships and the use of an apartment and new car for one year. She was named a top ten finalist in the Miss America pageant held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in September. AGCM Student Awards The OSU Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow members won 34 National ACT Critique awards during the National ACT Convention held in Tampa, Fla, in June. Two agricultural communicatons seniors were named Oklahoma State University Outstanding"12" Seniors. Melissa Majors and Elizabeth Kinney, both May graduates, received this distinguished honor based on excellence in scholarship, leadership and service to campus and community.
  • Oklahoma State University
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  • Oregon State University
  • New Staff Dan Jansen and Reynold Gardner have joined the staff in the Department of Agricultural Education and General Agriculture at Oregon State University.  Mr. Jansen has ten years of teaching experience and was named 2004 Oregon Agriculture Teacher of the Year.  Mr. Gardner has eight years of teaching experience and has had several state winning FFA CDE teams, along with national champion teams. Both will work on their Ph.D. during their tenure as instructors for the department. Dr. Lee Cole Retires Lee Cole has announced his retirement after 41 years professional service in agricultural education.  Lee has been a faculty member at OSU for 28 years, 22 of those years as department head.  He taught high school agriculture for 9 years.  Lee has maintained a half time appointment in the department and Greg Thompson was named Interim Department Head.  Warnick Earns  Ph.D. Brian Warnick was awarded his Ph.D. from Oregon State University in June.  Dr. Warnick accepted a position at Utah State University in the Agricultural Systems Technology and Education Department.  Last spring, Brian received the College of Agricultural Sciences Distinguished Professor Award and OSU Outstanding Club Advisor Award. Math in Horticulture Project Oregon is completing a research project with the National Research Center on Career and Technical Education on Building Academic Skills Through Career and Technical Education.  The experimental design study involved 20 control group horticulture teachers and 20 experimental group horticulture teachers in Oregon and Washington.  Results are being tabulated.  Greg Thompson was a Co-Principal Investigator on the project. Strategic Plan
  • The Department of Agricultural Education and General Agriculture has embarked on a strategic planning process that will better align the department with the university and College of Agricultural Sciences.  The plan is in its final stages.
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  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • Ed Yoder Receives Teaching Award Dr. Ed Yoder was inducted into the Academy Level of the Community of Teaching Excellence in the College of Agricultural Sciences.  This award is the third and final level of recognition for teaching excellence in the college. Since the development of the Community of Teaching Excellence program only two individuals have advanced to earn this prestigious award.   Recipients receive a plaque and a permanent salary increase. Civic and Community Engagement Minor Dr. Constance Flanagan (Agricultural and Extension Education) and Dr. Jeffery Parker (Psychology) were instrumental in the development of an intercollege minor in Civic and Community Engagement. Flanagan and Parker currently serve as co-chairs for this minor.  This minor is appropriate for undergraduate students seeking to apply domains of knowledge from their majors or General Education programs to issues of consequence beyond the classroom in a manner that integrates academic and creative development with democratic principles of contribution to the community and nation. Enhanced Math Learning in H.S. Technical Education The purpose of this study is to test the assumption that students who learn math skills within enhanced, high school Tech Ed courses will transfer this applied learning not only in their technical field but also to high-stakes tests. Six replications of the same experiment in different areas occurred in 2003-04. Dr. Dennis Scanlon is site coordinator for the Automotive Technology component of the project which is funded by the National Center for Research on Career and Technical Education.  To date, approximately 245 CTE teachers, 125 math teacher partners and 6,485 students have participated. Dr. Blannie Bowen Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Dr. Blannie Bowen joined the central administration at Penn State as vice provost for academic affairs in July 2004. Prior to this appointment, he served as the head of Agricultural and Extension from 1998 to 2004.  In his current position, Dr. Bowen works closely with the provost in areas including faculty development, leadership training, tenure and promotion, executive searches and reviews, and other issues related to academic personnel and their concerns. 
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  • Tarleton State University
  • Addition Of New Faculty Member Dr. Ashley Lovell has joined the department this fall after 19 years of experience with the Texas Copperative Extension Service.  Dr. Lovell will be teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in extension education methods.  His joint appointment includes 70 percent teaching in the department and 30 percent as a rural economic development specialist with the extension service.  Death of Dr. Johnny Johnson Item2Text:  I am sad to report the death of long time faculty member Dr. Johnny Johnson on August 23, 2004.  He began his teaching in the department in September of 1968.  He is greatly missed by faculty and students of the university. New Online Degree Program The department has been approved to offer the Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Education on_line.  The department has been offering online courses for the past few years and will now offer the degree completely on-line.  The degree combines courses in Agricultural Education and other areas of technical agriculture.  The program is focused on the needs of agricultural extension agents and secondary agri-science teachers.
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  • Faculty Changes: Retirement, Additions, Promotions One faculty member has retired: Dr. James Christiansen, after 36 years as a faculty member here.  He still supervises student teachers and is writing a departmental history. Two have been added: Mr. Paul Pope, extension specialist, evaluation  and Dr. Mike McCormick, assistant professor, leadership education. Two were promoted and tenured:  Dr. James Lindner, associate professor, distance education  and Dr. Gary Wingenbach, associate professor, agricultural communications and journalism.  Congratulations and welcome to all in their new roles.
  • Personal & Professional Renewal/Leadership Change Dr. Glen Shinn, after 11 years as head, will step up to engage in professional development at 5 international universities: Tecno 'o de Monterrey, Mexico  Wageningen University UR, Netherlands  Moscow State Agro-engineering University, Russia  and University of Melbourne and Charles Sturt University, Australia. He will investigate business models for distance education, collect alternative instructional designs and delivery strategies, examine new technologies for rural adults, and identify partners for international collaboration.  Look for a formal search for his replacement to begin soon!
  • Curriculum Development Projects Instructional Materials Service (IMS) is identifying and aligning agricultural industry licensures and certifications with secondary Agri-science curriculum. New products are Advanced Floral Design, Metal Fabrication, Home Maintenance, Animal Production, and Protective Eye Care (ppt).  Work continues on the Online Agricultural Academy and on Macro Media-based presentations for Agri-science. Educators, email ims@tamu.edu for complimentary subscriptions (for students in agricultural teacher certification programs) to the Online Record Book.
  • Toyota/National FFA/Texas A&M Diversity Project Toyota, National FFA, Texas A&Ms MANNRS chapter, and our department share core values about diversity. We each seek to improve our own performance as a diverse organization. Collectively, we join three San Antonio high schools with long-term commitments to increasing diversity in agricultural education and FFA. We focus on strategies that (1) increase program diversity to better reflect the demographics of the schools and communities; (2) retain students in challenging and relevant agricultural science courses and as FFA members; and (3 recruit students into collegiate agriculture programs. Thank you for leading our profession!
  • Students, Students, Students! The department is home to 1,087 students fall semester.  There are 985 undergraduates with majors in agricultural development (722), agricultural science/teacher certification (178), or agricultural journalism (85)  and 102 graduate students, with 54 masters students and 48 doctoral students.  Additionally, we have lots of students from other majors who seek teacher certification in agricultural science and others who pursue a minor in agricultural communications and journalism.  Too, 24 of our graduate students have research or teaching assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships.
  • Texas A&M University
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