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Colleen M Brady

Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication 

  • Professor of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication
  • Professor – Extension Education
Lilly Room 3-233
915 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054

Animal Sciences 

  • Courtesy Professor of Animal Sci
  • Courtesy Assoc Professor of Animal Sci

Faculty Profile
Dr. Brady is a Horse Extension Specialist, who focusses her engagement work toward youth and adults working with horses. Dr. Brady’s research interest is in the implementation of distance learning strategies in the informal education; with a focus on STEM learning in the context of equine and animal science. Dr. Brady collaborates with Equine Extension Specialists nationally in the eXtension HorseQuest initiative www.extension.org/horses

PhD, Animal Science, Michigan State University, 1999
MS, Animal Science, Michigan State University, 1995
BS, Animal Science, Michigan State University, 1992
AAS, Animal Health Technology, University of Minnesota-Waseca- 1987
AAS, Horse Management, University of Minnesota-Waseca-1987

Department Responsibilitis

Extension Governance Committee Chair 

Courses Taught

YDAE 52000- Foundations of Agricultural Education Extension and Communication

YDAE 64400- Graduate Seminar

ANSC 10100- Introduction to Animal Science and Industry

YDAE 290/ANSC 294- The Horse Industry and Extension in Europe- Study Abroad course

ANSC 44000- Horse Management

Professional Service

Evaluation Specialist- Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-Up (2012-present)

Chair HorseQuest Community of Practice (2015-2016)

Education Officer International Society of Equitation Science (2016-present)

Research Interests

Distance learning as a delivery method for informal STEM education

Equine and animal science as a context for informal STEM education

Grants & Projects

2014-“Online Education Resources to Enhance Horse Care and Management” United States Equestrian Trust 

2010-“Enhancing Science Capacity in Introductory Animal, Plant and Food Sciences Courses” USDA/NIFA

2010-“Training STEAM Educators to Teach Applied and Advanced Topics in Animal Genetics” USDA/CSREES

2010- “Indiana 4-H Science Academy” National 4-H Council

2009- “Web based learning modules to Enhance Science Learning in Agriscience Classrooms” USDA/CSREES

Awards & Honors

(2017) Outstanding Journal Article. Journal of Agricultural Education.

(2015) Outstanding Educator Equine Science Society.

(2014) HorseQuest Community of Practice. Equestrian Social Media Awards Finalist.

(2010) Outstanding Graduate Advisor. Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education.

(2009) Outstanding Graduate Student Educator. Dept. YDAE-Purdue University.

(2008) HorseQuest Community of Practice. Communication Award in Recognition of Excellence in Use of Communications Media- National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

(2004) Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher. Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education.

Selected Publications

Brady, C. M. (2018). Locus of control and human behavior as a preemptive predictor for good welfare in working horses. International Society of Equitation Science.

Cloutier, S., Brady, C. M., Gaskill, B. N., & O'Haire, M. E. (n.d.). Laboratory animal welfare and human attitudes: A cross-sectional survey on heterospecific play or “rat tickling" PLOS 1, 14(8). doi:https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0220580

Allen, E. C., Lofgren, E. A., & Brady, C. M. (2019). Digital Seanchai: Using Digital Storytelling to Assess Outcomes of a Study Abroad Course. NACTA, 63(1).

Voigt, M., Hiney, K., Croney, C. C., Waite, K., Borron, A. S., & Brady, C. M. (2016). Show Horse Welfare: The Viewpoints of Judges, Stewards, and Show Managers. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 19(2), 183-197. doi:10.1080/10888705.2015.1121816

Lofgren, E. A., Allen, E. C., & Brady, C. M. (2017). Opinion by discipline: a content analysis of attitudes and perceptions regarding equine training techniques in an online discussion forum. International Society of Equitation Science.

Rice, B. M., & Brady, C. M. (2017). Field test of an instrument to identify youth perceptions of equine welfare issues among common training practices. International Society of Equitation Science.

Lofgren, E. A., Tucker, M. A., Voigt, M. A., & Brady, C. M. (2017). Demographic characteristics influencing perceptions of the equine welfare through the lens of the Five Freedoms. Equine Science Society.

Brady, C. M., & Lewandowski, J. A. (2016). Factors Impacting Student Interest in an Online Module on Equine Learning Theory. International Society of Equitation Science.

Tucker, M. A., Rice, B. M., Voigt, M. A., & Brady, C. M. (2017). Does Discipline Matter? An Analysis of Equine Welfare Perceptions and Beliefs in the Context of Horse Show Participation. Equine Science Society.

Voigt, M. A., Russell, M. A., Hiney, K., Richardson, J. C., Borron, A. S., & Brady, C. M. (2015). Show Horse Welfare: Evaluating Stock-Type Show Horse Industry Legitimacy. Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics, 28(4), 647-666. doi:10.1007/s10806-015-9548-9

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