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Levon T Esters

Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication 

  • Associate Professor Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication
765.494.8439
765.496.1152
Lilly Room 3-226
915 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054

Professional Certifications
Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), 2008

Education Degree
Ph.D, Agricultural and Extension Education, Pennsylvania State University, 2003
M.S., Agricultural Education, North Carolina A&T State University, 2000
B.S., Agricultural Business, Florida A&M University,1995

Committees
Diversity Action Team in Agriculture

Research Interests
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.

Teaching Interests
Career development theory and practice; career education

Professional Experience
Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Education & Studies, Iowa State University, 2004-2009
Graduate Assistant, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Pennsylvania State University; Program Coordinator, Food and Agricultural Sciences Institute, 2000-2003
Agricultural Education Instructor and Coordinator of Ag-Business Career Pathway, The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 1998-2000



Awards & Honors

(2020) Outstanding Graduate Mentor/Teacher, College of Agriculture. College of Agriculture.

(2019) Faculty Mentor of Year. Institute on Teaching and Mentoring (Sponsored by the Southern Education Board).

Selected Publications

Knobloch, N. A., Esters, L. T., & Proctor, S. H. (in press). A follow-up study of underrepresented minority students’ perceived value of a pre-graduate program experience in Ag+STEM disciplines. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Journal.

Esters, L. T., Knobloch, N. A., & Getz, D. (in press). Recruiting underrepresented minority undergraduate students in the agricultural sciences through partnerships with 1890 land-grant institutions. Manuscript submitted to the. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Journal.

Knobloch, N. A., & Esters, L. T. (2019). An evaluation of a mentoring training program focused on women and underrepresented minorities in Ag+STEM programs: A case study. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Journal, 63(1), 32-35. Retrieved from https://www.nactateachers.org/

Wynkoop, R., Peters, J. L., Talbert, B. A., & Esters, L. T. (2011). Educational Technology Use and Acquisition in Secondary Agricultural Education Classrooms. American Association for Agricultural Education - North Central Region Conference.

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