Teaching Philosophy

In my teaching practices, I have incorporated diverse elements to foster a learning environment that not only delivers content to the students but also allows students to practice the concepts before they accept internships and jobs. As a teacher, I consider myself as a facilitator that provides my students the knowledge and resources needed to accomplish diverse in-class activities, graded assignments, and internships. I expect my students to be practitioners who take the course content and apply it to their interests and produce work that builds their portfolios and prepares them for their careers. My ultimate goal is to help these students become advocates for agriculture. They will mainly work in this industry, so they need to be able to use their experience in writing, broadcast, graphic design, web design, social media, marketing, public relations, and agriculture to educate consumers, producers, the media, and policy makers so that they make educated decisions that affect their food and clothing choices. As a teacher, there are two tenants that have guided my teaching practices: students learn what they practice and students respond to a range of challenges. Obviously, the subject matter in my classes must possess meaning, organization, and structure as the vehicle to make my students be practitioners. Read the entire philosophy.

Courses Taught at Utah State University

  • Introduction to Agricultural Communication

    This course is an introduction to the field of agricultural communications by illustrating how media serves as a communication channel and how agricultural communicators use media to reach a variety of audiences. Students investigate contemporary agriculture media including newspapers, magazines, radio, movies, public relations, Internet, and social media.


  • Agribusiness Sales and Marketing

    After completing in-class activities related to prospecting for potential clients, discovering communication styles, undercoving their leadership style, and learning sales procedures, students gain hands-on experience with selling either a service or product used in the agriculture industry. Afterwards, these students will watch their sales call and self reflect on their experience.


  • Technical and Professional Communication

    The course teaches technical communication principles and practices used in the workplace. An emphasis is placed on writing and designing emails, memos, letters, social media posts, employment documents, technical definitions, technical descriptions and technical instructions. Usability testing is conducted on technical instructions to improve readers' experiences.


  • Graphic Communication in Agriculture

    This course teaches elements of design, graphic art production, photo editing, and image composition techniques used in agricultural communications and journalism fields. Students edit images in Adobe Photoshop CC. Using Adobe InDesign CC, students design an identity system (logo, letterhead and business card), flyer, brochure, and newsletter.


  • Senior Project (Web Design)

    Senior Project is a capstone course for graduating agricultural communication majors. Senior Project brings together the agricultural topics and communication techniques that students have developed and encourages them to expand their skills by designing an online portfolio in Dreamweaver CC and delivering a poster and oral presentation about their portfolio.


  • Occupational Experiences in Agriculture

    Students receive credit for completing an internship in agricultural communication & journalism. A student's status in the major will determine the course the student is enrolled in. ASTE 2250 and ASTE 4250 have the pass/fail designation. Students submit a 5-page reflective paper, portfolio, and evaluation. They do an exit interview with the faculty supervisor.


Agricultural Communication Students in the News

Agricultural Communication and Journalism Students Grab National Spotlight

Read how agricultural communication students gained national recognition at the Ag Media Summit for their media and leadership skills.

Agricultural Communication and Journalism Student Interns in Washington D.C.

This blog post shares Leann Fox's experience with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

Ag Communication Students Participate in National Broadcasting Convention

In this blog post, Dawn Otterby lets students know about the workshops, dinners and social events offered during NAFB Convention.

Ag Communication Student Interns at Progressive Publishing

Cassidy Woolsey wrote this blog post, recounting what she learned during a 3-month internship with Progressive Publishing in Jerome, ID

Ag Communication Sophomore Participates in Undergraduate Research

In this blog post, Kenna McMurray lets students learn about her Summer Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities (SURCO) grant

Ag Communications Student Interns with North Coast Media

See what Jamie Keyes learned at her Ohio internship in this blog post.

Agricultural Communication Student Attends the Agricultural Outlook Forum

This blog post was written by former agricultural communication and journalism student Skylar Christensen. The blog post highlights Christensen’s experiences at the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum.

Students and Faculty Attend a National Agricultural Communications Conference

Read what four agricultural communication and journalism students thought about their trip to Kansas

Ag Comm Student Learns New Skills From Utah Farm Bureau Internship

Read about Dawn Otterby's internship with Utah Farm Bureau Federation.

Ag Communication Students Attend a National Convention

See what Ken Frahm and Dawn Otterby did at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters' Convention

Agricultural Communication Students Interns at Ag Media Summit

Read about Jamie Keyes internship in Buffalo, New York

Ag Comm Student Interns with Utah Public Radio

Read how an internship help one student discover her passion

Ag Comm Student Uses Classroom Skills on a Real Public Relations Campaign

See how Sarah Hatch worked to promote Baby Animal Day at the American West Heritage Center.

Crisis Simulation puts Ag Comm Student in Front of Camera

See what Agricultural Communications student, Dawn Otterby, had to say about working on the broadcast team during the COMMSTRONG event.

Agricultural Communication Club

The Agricultural Communication Club is a chapter of the National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. 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:

  • John Hawley serves as 2015-2016 National ACT Secretary/Treasurer
  • Jamie Keyes is a 2015 travel scholarship winner of the Forrest Bassford Award, sponsored by the Livestock Publications Council
  • Club members won 2nd place in the Yahama-ACT Scholarship, receiving $1,000 toward travel to Ag Media Summit in Scottsdale, AZ in July 2016
  • Student attendance at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Conference in Kansas City, MO: 2013 (2 students), 2014 (2 students), 2015 (5 students)
  • Student attendance at the National ACT Professional Development Conference: 3 students in 2014 at Manhattan, KS, 4 students in 2015 at Orlando, FL, and 2 students in 2016 at Stillwater, OK
  • Jamie Keyes won 2nd place in the short video package division in the 2014 National ACT Critique & Contest
  • Cassidy Woolsey won 2nd place in the long feature story division in the 2015 National ACT Critique & Contest
  • Jamie Keyes completed the AdFarm social media internship during 2013 Ag Media Summit
  • Paige Marez received 2nd place & honorable mention for images in the 2015 #Capture Agriculture photo and video contest, hosted by HerdMark
  • Jamie Keyes wins the 2015 HerdMark #Capture Agriculture contest with her documentary about her family’s ranch in Monticello, UT
  • In celebration of Halloween, students participated in a pumpkin carving contest.

    Pumpkin Carving Contest

  • During the college week, the Agricultural Communication Club participates in the tractor parade float, promoting our club's activities.

    Tractor Parade Float in 2015

  • Members raise money by organizing a bake sale to attend professional development events.

    Fundraiser to attend events

  • Members attend the ASTE Opening Social.

    Celebrating ASTE Department Social

  • During the college week, the Agricultural Communication Club participates in the tractor parade float, promoting our club's activities.

    Designing tractor parade float in 2015

  • The club works with Utah Agriculture in the Classroom to complete 1 community service project per semester.

    Service with Utah Agriculture in the Classroom

  • Members attend the National

    Attending workshop at NAFB Convention in Kansas City, MO

  • During college week, students take photos of students holding signs with Utah agriculture facts. We tweet, educate and advocate for the agriculture industry.

    Tweeting about agriculture during Day on the Patio

Get in Touch

  • Phone:
    (435) 797-3289
  • Email:
  • Address:
    ASTE Building
    2300 Old Main Hill
    Logan, UT 84322-2300