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Mark A Tucker

Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication 

  • Professor Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication
  • Courtesy faculty: Brian Lamb School of Communication
Lilly Hall of Life Sciences Room 3-227
915 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054

Faculty Profile
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, 1985
MS, Agricultural Communication, Ohio State University, 1987
PhD, 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)

Courses Taught
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)

Student Publications
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:
Knies, K.J., & Tucker, M. (2020). News, Democracy and You. Online 4-H publication available through the Education Store, Purdue Extension:
Groen, K. (2019). Tracking life skill development of Indiana 4-H members. Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research, 9, 82.
Boyer, A., Engleking, E., & Gudas, S. (2015). Farmer perceptions of big data in agriculture. Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research, 5, 82–83.

Research Interests
Risk and science communication; public perception of emergent technology; rural sociology; agricultural journalism education. 

Grants & Projects
Testing of an Upstream Public Engagement Strategy to Encourage Indiana Public Acceptance and Support of Emergent Agricultural Science and Technology (Purdue AgSEED, 2019).
How Do Indiana Residents Feel about Science, New Technologies, and Engaging with Purdue University? (2019).

For publications, please visit my Google Scholar page.

Awards & Honors

(2020) David C. Pfendler Outstanding Undergraduate Counselor Award. Purdue College of Agriculture.

(2010) Academic Programs Award of Excellence. Association for Communication Excellence.

(2006) Service Award. Association for Communication Excellence.

Selected Publications

Tucker, M. A. (2010). Association for Communication Excellence. Sage, 1, 64-65.

Boone, K., Meisenbach, T., & Tucker, M. A. (2002). Agricultural Communications: Changes and Challenges. Wiley-Blackwell.

Ellis, J. D., & Tucker, M. A. (2009). Factors influencing consumer perception of food hazards. CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources, 4(6). Retrieved from

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