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Sarah E LaRose

Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication 

  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education
Lillly Room 3-225
915 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054

PhD – Agricultural Education and Communication, University of Florida, 2018
MA – Curriculum and Instruction, University of Connecticut, 2008
BS – Animal Science, University of Connecticut, 2007

Department Responsibilities
Dr. LaRose delivers coursework in the agricultural education undergraduate major, teaches an online graduate course in agricultural education, supervises student teachers, helps to advise IAAE-Purdue, and contributes to Indiana agriculture teacher professional development opportunities. 

Courses Taught
YDAE 440 – Methods of Teaching Agricultural Education
YDAE 319 – Planning Agricultural Science and Business Programs
YDAE 540 – Program Development in Agricultural Education
YDAE 290 – Jamaica Study Abroad Preparation
EDCI 205 – Teaching as a Profession

Professional Service
Professional Development Committee – 
North Central Region, American Association for Agricultural Education
National Committee Member – National FFA Organization Conduct of Chapter Meetings Leadership Development Event

Research Interests
Research Goal: To better understand and measure the short, medium, and long-term effects of school-based agricultural education programs upon increasing agricultural literacy and preparing a workforce to meet cross-disciplinary needs of the 21st century.
A significant, continuing shortage of qualified candidates entering agricultural careers has persisted in the United States. The influence of school-based agricultural education (SBAE) on graduates’ decisions to enter these agricultural careers has been previously unknown. It has been argued that SBAE produces twin outcomes of producing citizens who are agriculturally literate and lifelong learners as well as preparing graduates ready to enter the skilled agricultural workforce (Roberts & Ball, 2009). While the roots of agricultural education were based in providing career training, students graduating from SBAE programs have not always pursued agriculture-related careers after high school. Given the shortage of qualified candidates prepared to enter the agriculture workforce, the influence of SBAE programs on the postsecondary career choices of program graduates has needed examination. The long-term effects of SBAE on program graduates’ agricultural literacy, as well as their occupational and educational choices have been unknown. Measurement of programmatic impacts would allow agricultural educators to make informed decisions regarding the effectiveness of program delivery, and program stakeholders to understand the short and long-term outcomes of student participation in SBAE. 
I am interested in studying the career development of individuals who enter careers in agriculture through various means in an effort to encourage more individuals to pursue employment in this area. 

Awards & Honors

(2019) Teaching Leadership Award. Purdue Teaching Academy & Center for Instructional Excellence.

(2018) Graduate Student Teaching Award. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA).

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