Kelsey Hall
Learner | Achiever | Analytical | Maximizer | Strategic

Meet Dr. Hall

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.


Teaching Portfolio

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

Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers

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.

Advising USU's Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow

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:

  • Yamaha ACT Scholarship: $2,250 in 2018, $2,000 in 2017, $1,500 in 2016 and $1,000 in 2015
  • Chapter of the Year for Educational Activities in 2017 and 2016
  • Bronson Teichert won 1st place in the News Story Division & 3rd place for short video package in the Electronics Division
  • Kenna McMurray won 4th place for short video package in the Electronics Division
  • John Hawley served as 2015-2016 National ACT Secretary/Treasurer
  • Jamie Keyes won overall writing category & 1st place for long feature story at National ACT Critique & Contest in 2016
  • Jamie Keyes is a 2015 travel scholarship winner of the Forrest Bassford Award, sponsored by the Livestock Publications Council
  • Cassidy Woolsey won 2nd place for long feature story in 2015 Critique & Contest
  • Jamie Keyes won 2nd place for video in 2014 Critique & Contest

Research Interests

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

Research Related Awards

  • Outstanding Student Research Proposal, Association for Communication Excellence Conference, August 2018
  • Distinguished Research Poster, Western Region Conference of the American Association for Agricultural Education, September 2017
  • 2nd Place Research Poster, Western Region Conference of the American Association for Agricultural Education, September 2017
  • Distinguished Research Poster, Western Region Conference of the American Association for Agricultural Education, September 2016
  • NIFA Partnership Awards Nomination, United States Department of Agriculture, 2013
  • Outstanding Research Paper, Association for Communication Excellence Conference, June 2013
  • 1st place Research Poster, Western Region Conference of the American Association for Agricultural Education, April 2012


National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow

As advisor-elect of the National ACT, I work with the advisor and national officers on professional development activities, member relations, and sponsorships.

Utah FFA Agricultural Communications Career Development Event

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 Task Force

Utah Farm to Fork 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:

  • Educational Activities related to agriculture, food, health, or nutrition
  • Local food served to students
  • Students engaged in hands-on, interdisciplinary learning through gardening

Local Food Advisory Council

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:

  • building a local food economy;
  • benefitting the state by creating jobs;
  • stimulating statewide economic development;
  • circulating money from local food sales within local communities;
  • preserving open space;
  • and fostering the viability of family-owned farms.

Check out The Herald Journal's article to learn more about my appointment.

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