Faculty Research Interests

Dr. Julia Bello-Bravo - Assistant Professor
Investigates effective communication and education using a systems approach toward understanding and solving the last mile" problem of delivering science education across cultures, languages, literacy levels, technologies, and institutional networks.

Dr. Colleen Brady, Professor - Extension Education
Explores Animal Science as a context for life science education, youth motivation for participation in life science-based educational activities, and technology as a delivery method for life science education.

Dr. Natalie Carroll, Professor - Extension Education
Examines informal learning and curriculum development for youth, especially science learning through environmental and natural resources experiences. Explores student motivation and learning.

Dr. Levon Esters, Professor - Extension Education
Explores career development theory and practice, career education, the use of agriculture as a context for teaching and learning STEM, and the application of social cognitive career theory to diverse youth in urban life science educational contexts.

Dr. Neil Knobloch,  Professor - Extension Education
Focuses on inclusive, learner-centered teaching to motivate and engage K-20 students through integrated STEM education and experiential learning; inclusive and equitable mentoring strategies in graduate education; food systems education and PK-12 engagement

Dr. Sarah LaRose - Assistant Professor, Agricultural Education
Explores strategies that agricultural educators and universities can implement to increase outcomes of skilled agricultural workers, innovators, and agriculturally literate citizens who are capable of engaging the public in conversations about controversial issues.

Dr. Pamala Morris - Professor, Assistant Dean/Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs
Investigates multicultural education, diversity awareness, intercultural effectiveness and communication, and service-learning methods.

Dr. Casey Mull- Clinical Associate Professor, Program Leader for 4-H Youth Development
Explores boundary spanning, higher education community partnerships, community engagement, engaged scholarship, positive youth development, program development, military youth and vulnerable populations, and quantitative and survey design.

Dr. Linda J Pfeiffer , Associate Professor - Agricultural Communication
Specializes in Science Communication (the communication of complex science to non-science audiences), risk communication, and psychology of the science audience.

Dr. Mark Russell - Professor
Explores engagement strategies to apply agricultural sciences; leadership development, and intercultural effectiveness outcomes; experiential and service-learning methods.

Dr. B. Allen Talbert, Professor - Agricultural Education
Investigates under-represented populations in agriculture and agricultural education, adult learning, qualitative and mixed-methods studies, and experiential learning.

Dr. Roger Tormoehlen, Professor
Focuses on electronic-based learning, engineering literacy, and inquiry/challenge-based learning.

Dr. Mark Tucker, Professor Agricultural Communication
Focuses on risk communication, audience analysis, strategic issues management, sociology of higher education, and agricultural journalism education.

Dr. Hui-Hui Wang, Associate Professor - Extension Education
Explores K-12 integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through agriculture, food, and nature resources (AFNR) teacher education, curriculum, and instruction. Investigates educators’ beliefs and practices of integrated STEM through AFNR and best practice of interdisciplinary instructional models of STEM integration through AFNR for educators.