Dr. Knobloch is Chair of the Purdue Agriculture PK-12 Engagement and Outreach Initiative, and Co-Director of the Mentoring @ Purdue Program. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Agricultural Education. Dr. Knobloch provides leadership to enhance K-12, undergraduate and graduate education and advance the STEM career pipeline through innovative and integrated STEM learning experiences at Purdue, nationally and internationally. He has been recognized nationally for his research, teaching and engagement to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Knobloch is passionate about engaging all students to solve complex real-world problems using inclusive learner-centered teaching approaches. His research improves science literacy and career motivation through informal, nonformal, and formal STEM education in the agricultural STEM sciences (animal, plant, food, environmental, and nutritional sciences). Dr. Knobloch collaborates with K-12 teachers, youth educators, outreach coordinators, and professors to implement learner-centered teaching strategies, and study the effectiveness of experiential learning and interdisciplinary education programs across the PK-20 pipeline.
Human & Community Resource Development, Ohio State University, 2002
Agricultural Education, Iowa State University, 1997
BS, Agricultural &
Extension Education, Iowa State University, 1992
Departmental Representative, College of Agriculture Area Promotions Committee
Member, Department Leadership Council
Coordinator, STEM Learning Systems Signature Area
Co-Director, Mentoring @ Purdue and Summer Scholars Program
ASEC 545 Teaching STEM through Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
ASEC 591 Community-Based Food Security Education
ASEC 681 Research Design for Social Scientists
President, North Central Region American Association of Agricultural Education, 2020-22
Chair, Editing-Managing Board of the Journal of Agricultural Education, 2018
Chair, PK-12 Council, College of Agriculture, Purdue University, 2011-present
Motivation; self-efficacy; experiential learning; learner-centered teaching; science literacy
Grants & Projects
Co-Project Director, Computational Skills Development for Next Generation Agriscience Professionals for Sustaining Data Driven Agriculture. NIFA Higher Education Challenge Grant. 2020-23
Co-Project Director, Industry-Driven Integrated STEM and Systems Approach to Innovative incubation (IN-VISION). NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy (PDAL). 2020-23
Co-Project Director, Developing Faculty Leadership Teams to Implement Inclusive and Intentional Mentoring Programs at 1862 and 1890 Land-Grant Institutions. NIFA Higher Education Challenge Grant. 2019-2022.
Co-Project Director, Building Empowered Leader-Scholars through Intentional mEntoring for InclusiVe Excellence in Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (B.E.L.I.E.V.E). NIFA National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program. 2018-23.
Project Director, Engaging P-20 Students and the Public through STEM Education and Science Communication. NIFA Hatch Project. 2018-23.
Co-Project Director, Building Future Faculty and Leaders through Culturally Responsive Learner-Centered Teaching Partnerships. 1890 Institution Teaching, NIFA Research and Extension Capacity Building Grant. 2016-21.
Project Director, Land-grant Outreach for Community-based Agricultural Learning for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (LOCAL STEM). USDA AFRI Education and Literacy Initiative. 2017-21
Co-Project Director, Recruiting Underrepresented Minority Graduate Students in the Agricultural Sciences through Partnerships with 1890 Land-Grant Institutions. NIFA Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS). 2016-19.
Co-Project Director, Enhancing Minority Middle School Student Knowledge, Literacy and Motivation in STEM Using Contextualized Life Science Learning Experiences. National Science Foundation Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Grant. 2017-2020.