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
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