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Jerry L Peters

Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication 

  • Professor Emeritus

Faculty Profile
Dr. Peters has approximately 40 years of experiences in teaching and learning at both the secondary and postsecondary levels of education.  He has conducted research and development both domestically and internationally.  He has served as a department head and interim dean for the College of Education and currently holds a joint appointment with the College of Education and College of Agriculture as a professor of Agricultural Education in the Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education.  He has served as a consultant for the National FFA Organization (formerly known as the Future Farmers of America) and traveled with this organization to Belgium, France, Germany, and Costa Rica.  He has conducted workshops on leadership, teaching, curriculum development, and program development in Nigeria, Tunisia, Kyrgyzstan, Algeria, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Guinea.  He has also led Study Abroad courses for agriculture teachers to Honduras, and Costa Rica as well as a Study Abroad to Jamaica for undergraduate students.  From May 1, 2008 to March 31, 2010, Peters worked in a collaborative partnership agreement between Purdue University and the already existing system: Mercy Corps, PIN (People in Need), and HASIL (Helmand Agricultural Solutions for Improved Livelihoods) to lay the foundation for the development of curriculum, teacher training, and application of experiential activities for the Agricultural Vocational High Schools of Afghanistan and more specifically the Helmand Agricultural Solutions for Improved Livelihoods (HASIL) project.

PhD Ohio State University Agricultural Education
MS Purdue University Agricultural Education
BS Purdue University Agricultural Education

Department Responsibilities
Member, Youth Development and Agricultural Education Primary Committee
Assistant Advisor, Indiana Association of Agricultural Educators - Purdue Collegiate Organization.
Member, Team AgEd, Agricultural Education Advisory Committee
Member, College of Agriculture Curriculum and Student Relations Committee 2012 - 2015

Courses Taught
YDAE 240 Seminar in Agricultural Education – Course Assistant Fall & Spring
EDCI 205 Exploring Teaching as a Career – Study Abroad Course to Jamaica during Maymester
YDAE 440 Methods of Teaching Agricultural Education
YDAE 441 Field Experience in Agricultural Education Programs
EDCI 498E Student Teaching in Agricultural Education – University Supervisor
YDAE 591 Exploring International Education & Engagement – Travel Course to Costa Rica
YDAE 642 Seminar on Wings to Costa Rica
YDAE 643 Training and Delivery of Advanced Life Science Curriculum

Professional Service
Reviewer, Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension (JAEE), 2009-present
Reviewer, American Association for Agricultural Education Research Conference, 2009-present
Reviewer, Southern Region American Association for Agricultural Education Research Conference, 2009-present
Reviewer, Western Region American Association for Agricultural Education Research Conference, 2009-present
Superintendent, National FFA Agricultural Issues Forum Career Development Event, 2003-20014
Member, National FFA Career Development Event Superintendent Committee, 2003-20014

Research Interests
Professor Peters' research is directly linked to his teaching and his belief in creating an effective atmosphere for learning. His interest is in teacher effectiveness through the development of teaching strategies/methods that can be used both in teacher preparation and in the classroom by teachers. Specifically, his research has focused on reflective teaching in secondary teacher preparation programs and S.A.I., Student Assisted Instruction, a teaching strategy for secondary high school teachers. Peters continually receives requests from his peers in agricultural teacher education for his work on reflective teaching. His materials continue to help new professors in the field. Dr. Peters has conducted research studies using experimental research designs and survey research designs.

Grants & Projects
Collaborator, Guinea Agriculture Education and Market Improvement Program. 2013 – 2016.
Collaborator, Herat Partnership Student Exchange. July 13-25, 2014.
Collaborator, Af-Pak Initiative Strengthening Extension Skills of Young Professionals in Afghanistan and Pakistan. 2012 – 2012 – 2014.
Co-Project Director, Kabul University Faculty Leadership Program. 2011 - 2013.
Project Director, Revision of Focusing on Agriculture Issues Materials and Maintenance of Website for Focusing on Agricultural Issues Instructional Materials. June 1, 2003 to June 30, 2012.
Project Director, Management, Implementation and Coordination Of Helmand Agricultural Solutions for Improved Livelihoods(HASIL). September 21, 2007 - March 31, 2012.
Project Director, Development of a Study Abroad Program to Jamaica. 2011.
Trainer, Indiana National Guard Agriculture Development Team Training Program September 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.
Co-Project Director, Unity through Sports (USPORT) – Algeria. November 1, 2006 – February 27, 2009.
Co-Project Director, Purdue University Advancing Afghan Agriculture Alliance. July 8, 2009 – July 26, 2009.
Trainer, Texas National Guard Agriculture Development Team Training Program January 29 – February 2, 2009.
Trainer, Tennessee National Guard Agriculture Development Team Training Program February 9 – 13, 2009.

Awards & Honors

(2015) 1st Runner-Up Poster Presentation – Open Division received at the 31st Annual Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education Conference. Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

(2014) Frederick L. Hovde Outstanding Faculty Award from Purdue's University Residences. Purdue University Residences.

(2014) Indiana FFA Distinguished Service Award. Indiana FFA Association.

(2014) Seed for Success Award. Excellence in Research Awards Dinner.

(2014) NRHH OTM Regional Winner.

(2014) Indiana FFA 2014 Distinguished Service Award.

(2014) Frederick L. Hovde Outstanding Faculty Fellow Award. Residential Life Banquet.

(2013) NACURH, Inc. Institution Faculty/Staff of the Month, October 2013, National Winner. National Association of College and University Residence Halls.

(2013) NRHH Boilermaker Chapter. OTM recognition.

(2013) NRHH Boilermaker Chapter, OTM Recognition. National Residence Hall Honorary Boilermaker Chapter.

Selected Publications

Stanish, L., & Nowak, C. (2010). The Role and Benefits of the 4-H Club Program in Poland. Association for International Agriculture and Extension Education Conference, May 15-18, 2010,.

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