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Kathryn S Orvis

Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication 

  • Associate Professor – Extension Education
765.494.8433
765.496.1152
LIlly Room 3-231
915 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 

  • Associate Professor of Horticulture
765.494.8433

Responsibilities

Provide support for Plant Science Project areas:

  • Plant science, general crops, small grains, soybean, corn, strawberry, flowers, vegetables, gardens, weeds, forages
  • Ag Biotechnology Education
  • State Coordinator for Junior Master Gardener(R) Program
  • Teaching Horticulture 101 - Fall Semester
  • 4-H/FFA Horticulture, Crops, and Soils State Judging Contests
  • 4-H Plant Science Workshop
Research interests:
Informal science, agriculture and environmental education through youth gardening including the Junior Master Gardener (R) program. Utilizing youth gardening as a teaching tool for topics related to STEM education Biotechnology Education, especially related to the use of animations and digital media.

Organizations:
American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)
American Education Research Association (AERA)
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association (PUCESA)


Other:
Grew up in Upper Michigan (yes, I am a Yooper!) on a small farm and have one younger brother and a niece who live next door to the farm in Michigan; as well as a special grandma in Toledo, OH. I was very active in 4-H growing up. Current hobbies include: photography, gardening, reading, wine appreciation, watching the Green Bay Packers, travel and being super-mom for my son Wesley.

Education:

BS Michigan State Botany - Plant Physiology
MS University of Wisconsin-Madison Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics
PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics

Awards & Honors

(2017) Outstanding Journal Article Volume 57, Journal of Agricultural Education. AAAE.

(2017) YDAE Outstanding Counselor.

(2017) YDAE Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

(2012) YDAE Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher. Youth Development and Agricultural Education.

(2005) Award for Excellence in Distance Education, Best Credit-Granting Program. Purdue University.

(2014) YDAE Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

(2013) Nominated for the 2012-13 Purdue Learning Community Advocate Award. Purdue University.

(2011) Inducted as Honorary Member of IAAE. Purdue University.

(2011) YDAE Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

(2010) YDAE Outstanding Counselor.

Selected Publications

Zeller, M., Riordan, T., Zaleski, H., Herzfeld, D., & Orvis, K. S. (2010). Food: Edible Antibiotics in Food Crops. In Life Science Ethics (377–380). Springer Netherlands.

Orvis, K. S., & Espinoza Morales, C. (2017). Concept maps to address misconceptions in introductory science courses. National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Annual Conference.

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, 57(4), 16–28.

Orvis, K. (2005). Junior Master Gardener in Indiana.

Kararo, M. J., & Knobloch, N. A. (2016). Eat Your Way to Better Health: Evaluating a Garden-based Nutrition Program for Youth. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, 26(5), 663-668. doi:10.21273/horttech03225-16

Mueller, A. L., Knobloch, N. A., & Orvis, K. S. (2015). Exploring the Effects of Active Learning on High School Students’ Outcomes and Teachers’ Perceptions of Biotechnology and Genetics Instruction. Journal of Agricultural Education, 56(2), 138-152. doi:10.5032/jae.2015.02138

Rothhaar, R., Pittendrigh, B. R., & Orvis, K. S. (2006). The Lego® analogy model for teaching gene sequencing and biotechnology. Journal of Biological Education, 40(4), 166–171.

Orvis, K. (2003). Genomic Analogy Model for Educators (GAME): from jumping genes to alternative splicing. Journal of Biological Education.

Dirks, A. E. (2005). An evaluation of the junior master gardener program in third grade classrooms. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, 15(3), 443–447.

Orvis, K. (2003). Genomic Analogy Model for Educators (GAME): from jumping genes to alternative splicing. Journal of Biological Education.

Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, 625 Agriculture Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2010 USA, (765) 494-1300

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