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Colleen M Brady

Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication 

  • Professor of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication
Lilly Room 3-233
915 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054

Animal Sciences 

  • Courtesy Professor of Animal Science

Faculty Profile
Dr. Brady is a Horse Extension Specialist, who focuses her engagement work toward youth and adults working with horses. Dr. Brady’s research interest is in better understanding human perspectives and drivers related to equine well-being, and then the implementation of distance learning strategies to enhance care, management and well-being of horses. Dr. Brady collaborates with Equine Extension Specialists nationally as a member of the Leadership team for Extension Horses, Inc. (, and eXtension HorseQuest, and internationally with the International Society of Equitation Science (

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 Responsibilities
Extension Governance Committee Chair
ASEC Graduate Committee Member

Courses Taught
ASEC 64400- Graduate Seminar
ANSC 10200- Introduction to Animal Science and Industry
ASEC 290/ANSC 294- The Horse Industry and Extension in Europe- Study Abroad course
ASEC 33100- The Role of Horses in Human Culture and Society
ANSC 44000- Horse Management

Professional Service
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, with an emphasis on understanding human factors impacting animal well-being.

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

(2017) Outstanding Journal Article. Journal of Agricultural Education.

(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.

Selected Publications

Brady, C. M., & Balschweid, M. (2005). Subject Matter Priorities For 4-H Horse Leaders As Identified By State Extension Specialists.

Brady, C. M. (2005). Horse Extension Service learning Experiences for Undergraduates.

Brady, C. M. (2008). An Illustrated Guide to Animal Science Terminology. Cengage Learning.

Brady, C. M., Kanne, K. S., & Russell, M. A. (2002). Introduction to Horse Management. (AS-554-W). Retrieved from

Brady, C. M., Kanne, K., & Russell, M. A. (2005). Introduction to Horse Health.

Brady, C. M., Kritchevsky, J. E., & Russell, M. A. (2003). Equine Body Condition Scoring Poster. 1.

Brady, C. M., Griffin, A. S., & Kline, R. C. (2003). Coordinating and Conducting a Multi-State 4-H Horse and Pony Judges School. Journal of Extension, 41(3).

Brady, C. M., & McKee, K. E. (2005). Accomodating Youth with Disabilities in 4-H Horse Programs. Journal of Extension, 43(2). Retrieved from

Valuation of Equine Welfare Skills: Indiana 4-H Horse and Pony Adult Volunteers. (2009). 29(5), 476-477. doi:

Brady, C. M. (n.d.). The Importance of Business in the Equine Curriculum. 29(5), 441-442. doi:

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