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 - Professor Emeritus

Dr. Levon Esters, Associate Professor - Extension 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. 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 - Professor Emeritus

Dr. Linda J Pfeiffer , Assistant Professor - Agricultural Communication
Specializes in Science Communication (the communication of complex science to non-science audiences), risk communication, and psychology of the science audience.

Dr. Mary Pilat, Professor - Professor Emeritus

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, Professor
Electronic-based learning, engineering literacy, inquiry/challenge-based learning

Dr. Mark Tucker, Professor - Agricultural Communication
Risk communication; public acceptance of emergent technology; audience analysis; agricultural journalism education

Dr. Hui-Hui Wang, Assistant Professor - Extension Education
K-12 integrated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through agriculture, food and nature resources (AFNR) teacher education, and curriculum and instruction. Educators’ beliefs and practices of integrated STEM through AFNR, and best practice of interdisciplinary instructional models of STEM integration through AFNR for educators.