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Colleen M Brady

Youth Development and Agricultural Education 

  • Professor of Youth Dev & Ag Edu
  • Professor – Extension Education
Agricultural Administration Building Room 227
615 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053

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

(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.

(2000) Professional Improvement Award. National Association Extension 4-H Agents.

Selected Publications

Brady, C. (2013). Motivation for Undergraduate Students to Participate in an Equine Study Abroad Course. 91(2), 224.

Knobloch, N. A., Brady, C. M., Orvis, K. S., & Carroll, N. J. (2016). Development and validation of an instrument to assess youth motivation to participate in career development events. Journal of Agricultural Education. Retrieved from http://www.jae-online.org/index.php/volume-57-number-4-2016/2016-development-and-validation-of-an-instrument-to-assess-youth-motivation-to-participate-in-career-development-events

Brady, C. M., Greene, E. A., Anderson, K. P., Pulec, K. E., & Skelly, C. D. (2016). Effectiveness of Webinars as Educational Tools to Address Horse Industry Issues. Journal of Extension, 54(3). Retrieved from http://www.joe.org/joe/2016june/tt8.php

Voigt, M. A., Hiney, K., Croney, C., Waite, K., Borron, A., & Brady, C. M. (2016). Show Horse Welfare: The Viewpoints of Judges, Stewards, and Show Managers. The Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 9(2), 183-197. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10888705.2015.1121816

Brady, C. M., Lofgren, E. A., & Voigt, M. A. (2016). Information Seeking Behavior of the Horse Competition Industry: A Demographic Study. 35(5), 58-62. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0737080615006139

Voigt, M. A., Hiney, K., Richardson, J., Waite, K., Borron, A., & Brady, C. M. (2016). Show Horse Welfare: Horse Show Competitors’ Understanding, Awareness, and Perceptions of Equine Welfare. The Journal of Applied Welfare Science, 19(4), 335-352. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10888705.2016.1152190

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

LaFollette, L. K., Knobloch, N. A., Schutz, M. M., & Brady, C. M. (2015). Consumers’ Motivations and Dairy Production Beliefs Regarding Participation in an Educational Dairy Farm Event. Journal of Agricultural Education, 56(2), 153-169. doi:10.5032/jae.2015.02153

Brady, C. M., Voigt, M. A., Talbert, B. A., & McKinley, S. (2014). Promising Practices of Dairy, Horse and Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event Coaches: A Mixed-Methods Study. Journal of Extension, 52(4). Retrieved from http://www.joe.org/joe/2014august/a2.php

Bassette, L., Templin, S., Beck, A., Russell, M. A., & Brady, C. M. (2014). The Effects of an Equine-Based Mathematics Curriculum on Academic Engagement Behavior. Scientific and Educational Journal of Therapeutic Riding, 19.

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