Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication

Greetings from Purdue Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication Department!

Dr. Mark Russell

After a busy summer of conducting outreach and engagement programs, attending professional conferences, revising and teaching courses, we welcome a record number of freshman students to Purdue this fall. We have 45 incoming undergraduate students and five new graduate students in ASEC.

We continue to grow and welcome new staff and faculty, Assistant Professor, Dr. Sarah LaRose, is teaching 25 seniors in the Methods of Teaching Agricultural Education course and helping with overall curriculum revisions of the Agricultural Education undergraduate program. Communication Specialist, Kevin Leigh Smith brings a career of experiences in communication production and publication design to innovative revisions of our agricultural communication courses. Graduate Coordinator, Brenda Picket brings similar experience from the Purdue Philosophy Department and chose an office on the fourth floor in order to maximize proximity and access to the graduate students and their faculty. Dr. Elise Lofgren, a recent PhD graduate from ASEC with a certificate in Instructional Design has been hired as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to assist faculty in the transition of existing and newly designed courses into online delivery formats and leading new instructional innovations.

We have settled into our new location on the third and fourth floors of Lilly Hall of Life Sciences. We are thrilled that we now have a new active learning classroom, a wet laboratory for hands-on teaching, a collaborative working lab, and a teaching communication studio all in space near our offices. Come by and visit us and bring a potential student to tour and attend classes with an ASEC Ambassador, visit with academic advisors and professors, and witness the transformation of our department and campus. Everywhere you look, our department is on the move. We have 15 undergraduates invited to participate in the Agriculture Future of American Leaders Conference, in Kansas City; we hosted many FFA chapters on campus during National FFA Convention, our graduate students, and staff and faculty are being nationally recognized for their scholarship and programs.

We are honored to have recently recognized ASEC Distinguished Alumna, Ann Camden, senior vice president and managing director of client services, G&S Business Communications and ASEC Distinguished Alum, Scott Johnson, Agricultural Science and Business Teacher at North Decatur High School and past president and current Executive Director of the Indiana Association of Agricultural Educators.

Although much has changed, ASEC is committed to empowering the leadership capacity and capability of individuals and groups, educating youth and adults through agricultural and life sciences, and enhancing the quality of life for all people. This is an exciting time to be associated with a productive and energized Department that is developing human capacity of all Purdue Agriculture graduates,

As always, let us know how we can improve. You can choose to receive this newsletter in the mail or via email. And go to and keep us up to date about your accomplishments.

Best wishes,
Mark Russell, Professor and Department Head

Distinguished Alumni

The Distinguished Agriculture Alumni award recognizes Purdue Agriculture alumni who have achieved outstanding accomplishments, made significant contributions to their professions or to society in general, and exhibit high potential for future professional growth.

Ann Camden (B.S., Agricultural Communication, 1993) and Scott Johnson (B.S., Agricultural Education and Agricultural Communication, 1992) was selected as a 2018 DAA.

Read more about Ann Camden and Scott Johnson

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