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Jerry L Peters

Youth Development and Agricultural Education 

  • Professor – Agricultural Education
Agricultural Administration Building Room 220
615 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053

Faculty Profile
Professor Peters seeks experiences beyond the Purdue community that will give him new insights into Agricultural Education. For instance, he taught an off-campus course for Louisiana State University in 1984 and traveled to Zaria, Nigeria during the summer of 1989 working as a visiting professor at Ahmadu Bello University. Peters' experience at Ahmadu Bello University provided him with new insights and perspectives on education which he has taken into the classroom. Peters was also able to gain international experience in a developing country, thus opening the doors for him to consider further interest in international work. During the summer of 1994, Peters visited Zamorano Escula Agricola Panamericana in Tegucigalpa, Honduras to help in the establishment of university relations with Zamorano in order to develop international experiences for Purdue agricultural education students and secondary agricultural science and business teachers in Zamorano's rural development program. International travels to Nigeria, Germany, Belgium, France, Costa Rica, Honduras, Tunisia, Kyrgyzstan, Algeria, and most recently three different teaching symposiums he has presented in Afghanistan have provided Peters with enriched perspectives about education that he shares with his students.

Peters has been working with the Indiana Center for Cultural Exchange at Purdue University and the Department of State to present leadership training sessions to youth through the Middle East Partnership Initiative involving several middle eastern countries and leadership training sessions to youth and adults through the USPORT Kyrgyzstan, USPORT Lebanon and USPORT Algeria.

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, Agricultural Education Advisory Committee
Faculty Marshall, Winter Commencement Ceremony, 2009

Courses Taught
YDAE 240 Seminar in Agricultural Education – Course Assistant Fall & Spring
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
Superintendent, National FFA Agricultural Issues Forum Career Development Event, 2003-present
Member, National FFA Career Development Event Superintendent Committee, 2003-present
Reviewer, Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension (JAEE), 2009-present
Judge, Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education Conference, 2010-11
Reviewer, American Association for Agricultural Education Research Conference, 2009-10
Reviewer, Southern Region American Association for Agricultural Education Research Conference, 2009-10
Member, Professional Development Committee, American Association for Agricultural Education, 2007-09
Reviewer, Western Region American Association for Agricultural Education Research Conference, 2009

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
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

(2012) American Association for Communication Excellence Bronze Award. ACE (Association for Communication Excellence).

(2011) Purdue Agriculture 2011 Team Award. Purdue Agriculture.

Selected Publications

Peters, J. L. (2013). Strengthening Extension Skills of Young Afghanistan-Pakistan Professionals. Hawaii International Conference on Education, Poster presentation.

Peters, J. L., & Talbert, B. A. (2013). Teaching the Science and Technology of Agriculture and Its Resources to Urban Students. The Agricultural Education Magazine, 85(4).

Peters, J. L. (2012). Unity Through Sports (USPORT) in Algeria. 10th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education. Retrieved from

Peters, J. L. (2012). Agriculture Teacher Workshop for Agriculture High Schools in Afghanistan. 28th Annual Association for Internatinal Agricultural and Extensionn Education Conference. Retrieved from

Wynkoop, R., Peters, J. L., Talbert, B. A., & Esters, L. (2011). Educational Technology Use and Acquisition in Secondary Agricultural Education Classrooms. 2011 North Central AAAE Conference.

Peters, J. L., & Wynkoop, R. (2011). Curriculum Development for the Agricultural Vocational High Schools of Afghanistan: Building a Sustainable Future. 2011 World Conference in conjunction with AIAEE.

Stanish, L., Peters, J. 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,.

Farris, E., McKinley, S., Ayres, J., Peters, J. L., & Brady, C. (2009). County-Level Extension Leadership: Understanding Volunteer Board Member Motivation. The Journal of Extension, 47(5), 4. Retrieved from

Tetteh, E., Latif, N., McGlothlin, J., & Peters, J. L. (2009). Impacts of Frequency and Posture on Body Mass Index in Manual Handling Tasks. Uman Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing, 19(4), 15. Retrieved from

Stanish, L., Peters, J. L., & Czeslaw, N. (2009). The role of the 4-H club program in Poland. XIX European Seminar on Extension Education, 3.