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Faculty Research Interests

Dr. Colleen Brady, Associate Professor - Extension Education
Animal Science as a context for life science education, youth motivation for participation in life science based educational activities, technology as a delivery method for life science education.

Dr. Natalie Carroll, Professor - Extension Education
Informal learning, especially science learning through environmental and natural resources experiences. Student motivation and learning.

Dr. Linda Chezem, Professor - 4-H Youth
Ethical Issues in Forensic Science
Ethical and Legal issues in Research
Justice System education
Legal Issues in Alcohol Use and Misuse

Dr. Hyunyi Cho, Associate Professor - Communication/Agricultural Communication
Health risk message effects on diverse audiences; media effects on health/risk related beliefs and behaviors; development and evaluation of health communication interventions;

Dr. Aryn Dotterer, Assistant Professor – CDFS/Extension Education
My research is grounded in developmental and ecological approaches to the study of children’s and adolescents’ school experiences and academic achievement. I am particularly interested in gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic variations in school engagement and academic achievement, with attention to the role that families play in parenting and socialization. For example, I am currently comparing two models of family influence to examine racial disparities in children’s pre-academic knowledge. A related area of interest is in development and growth of children’s academic achievement over time and the use of the best methods to examine longitudinal models of process and change. I am currently using a multilevel modeling strategy to examine the extent to which early academic skills in pre-kindergarten are related to later academic achievement in early adolescence.

Dr. Levon Esters, Associate Professor - Agricultural Education
Career development theory and practice; career education; use of agriculture as a context for teaching and learning STEM; application of social cognitive career theory to diverse youth in urban life science educational contexts.

Dr. Neil Knobloch, Associate Professor - Extension Education
Motivation; personal epistemology; experiential learning; learner-centered teaching; science literacy

Dr. Pamala Morris, Assistant Dean/Diversity Programs/Asscociate Professor

Dr. Kathryn Orvis, Associate Professor - Extension Education
Informal science, agriculture and environmental education through youth gardening including the Junior Master Gardener (R) program. Utilizing youth gardening as a teaching tool for topics related to STEM education Biotechnology Education, especially related to the use of animations and digital media.

Dr. Jerry Peters, Professor - Agricultural Education
Professor Peters' research is directly linked to his teaching and his belief in creating an effective atmosphere for learning. His interest is in teacher effectiveness through the development of teaching strategies/methods that can be used both in teacher preparation and in the classroom by teachers. Specifically, his research has focused on reflective teaching in secondary teacher preparation programs and S.A.I., Student Assisted Instruction, a teaching strategy for secondary high school teachers. Peters continually receives requests from his peers in agricultural teacher education for his work on reflective teaching. His materials continue to help new professors in the field. Dr. Peters has conducted research studies using experimental research designs and survey research designs.

Dr. Mary Pilat, Associate Professor - Extension Education

Dr. B. Allen Talbert, Professor - Agricultural Education
Under-represented populations in agriculture and agricultural education; adult learning; qualitative and mixed methods studies; experiential learning

Dr. Roger Tormoehlen, Head and Professor - Youth Development and Agriculture Education
Electronic-based learning, engineering literacy, inquiry/challenge-based learning

Dr. Mark Tucker, Professor Youth Development & Agricultural Education
Risk communication; audience analysis; strategic issues management, sociology of higher education, agricultural journalism education