I am an associate professor and program coordinator in agricultural communication at Utah State University. I teach undergraduate agricultural communication courses and graduate courses in the online master’s programs. My state specialist appointment in Cooperative Extension focuses on local food marketing and science communication. Most of my research explores how knowledge, attitudes, demographics, psychographics, barriers, benefits, communication strategies, and other factors about food marketing and agricultural practices influence the behaviors of farmers, consumers, and policy makers. I am a native of Ohio and earned my B.S. in agricultural communication and M.S. in agricultural and extension education from The Ohio State University. My doctorate degree in agricultural education emphasized agricultural communications from Texas Tech University. Hobbies include gardening, eating local food, camping, hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
My teaching portfolio showcases my teaching responsibilities, philosophy, methodologies, outreach, assessment, teaching goals and evidence of student learning in my classes. Please click on the button to access the content.Teaching Portfolio
My undergraduate researchers become colleagues who work alongside me and contribute ideas to address problems that determine what programs and communication strategies can effectively inform individuals about agricultural issues.Mentoring Philosophy
The College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences selected me as the Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year for the 2017-2018 academic year. Check out this video about my students' experiences in conducting research.
Utah State University has a chapter of the National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT). The organization completes professional development, community service, fundraising and fun activities to network with peers and professionals. Major accomplishments for our members include the following:
My research focuses in two areas included in the National Research Agenda for the American Association for Agricultural Education. My research projects discover how agricultural communication and extension programs can impact local communities through the use of communication technologies as well as the local food movement (farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture, farm to school sales, & direct-to-retail businesses). My second research area develops and assesses various learning interventions and delivery technologies that increase problem solving, transfer learning, and improve higher order thinking through academic advising, writing, graphic design, oral communication, or agribusiness marketing and sales. Read more about my research interests. Check out my CV to view my publications, conference presentations and funded grants.Curriculum Vitae
As advisor-elect of the National ACT, I work with the advisor and national officers on professional development activities, member relations, and sponsorships.
I serve as the state supervisor for the Utah FFA Agricultural Communications Career Development Event, which prepares students for careers in journalism, radio and television broadcast, web design, marketing and more. Teams consisting of four members participate in a simulated news conference, then use the information collected to complete practicums including journalistic writing, opinion writing, web design and video production.
Utah Farm to Fork (F2F) is an unfunded U.S. Department of Agriculture program that seeks to provide training and resources to child nutrition operators to increase the consumption of fresh, safe, and healthy, local foods. This program also emphasizes nutrition education regarding community foods systems. Child Nutrition Programs currently leads the Utah F2F Task Force, which supports these key elements through the work of six committees: Education, Production & Distribution, Food Service, Gardens, Policy, and Research/Data. Farm to school programming looks different in different locations, but it always includes at least one of the following elements:
The 13-member council is made up of state legislators, farmers and ranchers and organizations connected with food and agriculture. The council was created in response to increasing interest and support for local food by the public. The purpose of the council is to contribute to:
Check out The Herald Journal's article to learn more about my appointment.