As a senior editor in the Publishing Unit, Laura Hoelscher edits and manages Extension, educational, and promotional
projects for the Department of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Research at Purdue, and the Economic and Community Development Program.
Hoelscher is also the copy editor of Agricultures, Purdue Agriculture's flagship magazine. Most recently, she has been working with designer Russ Merzdorf and colleagues in Agricultural Economics on six (and counting) publications in the Rural Indiana Issues series. Hoelscher served as coauthor of the first publication in the series, Defining Rural Indiana—The First Step.
In addition, Hoelscher holds a 60% appointment as the editor of
the Journal of
Extension. In that capacity, she sets editorial policy, initially
reviews all submissions, determines final disposition of articles, and assembles and copy edits six online issues and writes six Editor's Pages per year.
Hoelscher joined AgComm in 1984, after earning her
Ph.D. from Purdue in American Studies.