Dr. Tucker is professor and coordinator of the Agricultural Communication Program. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, he contributes to College of Agriculture Transformational Experiences (CATE) and Purdue Agriculture’s Issues Engagement Initiative. His research focuses on risk communication and public acceptance of emergent technology.
BS, Agricultural Journalism, University of Missouri,
MS, Agricultural Communication, Ohio State University, 1987
Rural Sociology, Ohio State University, 1995
Enhancing Communication Capacity of Purdue Agriculture
Dr. Tucker is involved in the following co-curricular programs aimed at enhancing communication capacity of Purdue Agriculture students, 4-H youth, and others:
- Leadership Team, Issues-360 Fellow Program
- Science Communication Instructor, Molecular Agriculture Summer Institutes (MASI)
- Co-Leader, Townsend Communication in Agriculture Program
- Advisor, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) student organization
- Instructor, Picture Yourself in Agricultural Communication (Indiana 4-H Youth Round-Up)
- Instructor, Spread the News (4-H Academy @ Purdue)
ASEC 15200 (Agricultural Communication Seminar)
ASEC 28500 (Introduction to Publication Design)
ASEC 48000 (Agricultural Communication Capstone Seminar)
ASEC 54800/59000 (Communicating Science to the Public)
Bera, S. (2021). The sociology of trust in science: Evaluating and predicting levels of scientism in Indiana residents. Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research, Vol 11, Article 3. DOI: https://doi.org/10.7771/2158-4052.1490
Knies, K.J., & Tucker, M. (2020). News, Democracy and You. Online 4-H publication available through the Education Store, Purdue Extension:https://mdc.itap.purdue.edu/item.asp?Item_Number=4-H-1056-W.
Groen, K. (2019). Tracking life skill development of Indiana 4-H members. Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research, 9, 82. https://doi.org/10.5703/1288284316947.
Boyer, A., Engleking, E., & Gudas, S. (2015). Farmer perceptions of big data in agriculture. Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research, 5, 82–83. http://dx.doi.org/10.5703/1288284315654.
Risk and science communication; public perception of emergent technology; rural sociology; agricultural journalism education.
Grants & Projects
of an Upstream Public Engagement Strategy to Encourage Indiana Public
Acceptance and Support of Emergent Agricultural Science and Technology (Purdue
Do Indiana Residents Feel about Science, New Technologies, and Engaging with
Purdue University? (2019).
For publications, please visit my Google Scholar page.