AEE News

News about the Department can be found here. The news items are in chronological order with the most recent entries being listed first. Older news can be found by scanning down the page. If you are a graduate or a current student and receive an award, honor, elective office, etc. please let us know so that we can share the good news. Send information to the AEE webmaster.

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4/29/2015 - CALS Teaching Award

Kevin Curry




Earlier this week at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Teaching Awards reception, Kevin Curry, a doctoral student in AEE received the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Graduate Student Teaching Award of Merit. Congratulations, Kevin!

4/22/2015 - FFA Chartering Ceremony




Dr. Jones and Dr. Flowers attended the FFA Charter Ceremony for the Springfield Middle School FFA Chapter on 4/21. We want to welcome this new FFA chapter and their Advisor, Jessica Murray, to the North Carolina FFA Association.

4/7/2015 - Spring Hope Elementary Agriculture Day

Pictured from left to right is Danielle, Carmen, Tori, and Jessica




While most students were relaxing on their spring holiday, four AEE students were working hard to educate Spring Hope Elementary School students about agriculture. Agriculture Day was organized by Tori Parker and featured lessons from Carmen Honeycutt, Danielle Blake, and Jessica Martin. We are so proud of our students efforts to promote agricultural literacy. 

3/17/2015 - Association for Career and Technical Education National Policy Seminar

The AEE department was well represented at the recent Association for Career and Technical Education National Policy Seminar in Washington, DC. Dr. Jim Flowers attended his last board meeting as the ACTE Division Vice-President for Agricultural Education. Dr. Gary Moore made a presentation to the ACTE Board titled "Controlled Chaos: Everything You Need to Know About Parliamentary Procedure But Didn't Know to Ask." Dr. David Jones spoke to the state leadership group about the power of Visioning.

2/4/2015 - Southern Association of Agricultural Scientist Anuual Meeting 

The AEE program was well represented at the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientist annual meeting in Atlanta, Feb 1-3. We presented 3 research papers and 3 posters to the Agricultural Education Section. Two of the research papers were selected to receive Distinguished Manuscript designations (only 5 papers received this designation) and two of the posters were recognized as Distinguished Posters with one being selected as the outstanding poster.

The three research papers were:

"A qualitative study of the NAAE award program for beginning teachers: Have we found the key to beginning agriculture teacher retention?" by Megan Wood.

"Motivations to Study Abroad: A Case Study of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Agribusiness Short Term Study Abroad Program" by Amber Willis, Wendy Warner, Barbara Kirby and David Jones. This was a distinguished manuscript.

"Student-to-Student Interaction in Distance Education Classes: What Do Graduate Students Want?" by Gary Moore, Wendy Warner and David Jones. This was a distinguished manuscript.

The three posters were:

"Stepping Outside of Comfort Zones Through the Use of Service Learning" by Joy Morgan and Beth Wilson. This was the outstanding poster in the Innovative division.

"Comparing the Effectiveness of Different Teaching Methods in Educating Master Gardeners about Integrated Pest Management" by Daniel Simpson and Jay Jayaratne.

"A Comprehensive View of the Environmental Science Literacy of North Carolina Preservice Agriculture Teachers" by Kevin Curry, Wendy Warner, Travis Park and Kathryn Stevenson. This was one of six research posters to be recognized as Distinguished Posters.

1/7/2015 - Welcome Back!

Welcome Back AEE Students to the 2015 Spring Semester!

We hope that you had a good break and were able to spend time with family and friends over the holidays.

We want to congratulate the 48 students in the department who earned the honor of being named to the Dean's List at NC State last semester! We have posted lists of our students who received this honor in the hallways on the 2nd floor of Ricks Hall. This represents almost a third of the undergraduate students in the department! And a special congratulations to the 5 students who earned 4.00 GPA's in the fall semester.

We want to extend a special welcome to our new students this semester. We know that our returning students will make them feel welcome.

Be sure to look over your schedule and make sure you are enrolled in all of the classes you need. You can add courses until January 13 without the permission of the instructor.

The faculty is looking forward to a great semester!

11/24/2014 - ACTE, NAAE, and ACTER Annual Meetings

The AEE Department was well represented at the annual meetings of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), and the Association for Career and Technical Education Research (ACTER). All three groups met in Nashville, TN November 18-22. 

Dr. Jim Flowers serves on the ACTE Board of Directors representing Agricultural Education.

Four research papers were presented to the Association for Career and Technical Education Research. The four papers were: 1. Meghan Wood’s paper was “Have We Found the Key to Beginning Teacher Retention? A Qualitative Study of the NAAE Award Program for Beginning Teachers” 2. Kristin Stair, Amy Culbertson, & Wendy Warner presented “Teachers’ Perceptions of Common Core State Standards in Agricultural Education.”  3. Joy Morgan, Beth Wilson, Jim Flowers, “Jay” Jayaratne, & James Smith presentation was “Teachers’ Use of Test-Item Banks for Student Assessment in North Carolina Secondary Agricultural Education”. 4. Gary Moore, Wendy Warner and David Jones presented a paper title “Expectations of Graduate Students Regarding Student-to-Student Interaction in Distance Education Classes”. This paper was recognized as the Outstanding Research Paper at the Conference.

Amanda Lunsford, Wendy Warner, Travis Park, and Joy Marshall had a research poster titled “Diffusion of the edTPA: What Information do Student Teachers Need?” This poster was the runner-up for outstanding research poster at the ACTER meeting. The faculty also conducted a number of workshops for the National Association of Agricultural Educators. The workshops were: 
"Beg, Borrow, and Steal: Technology Integration Style” – Wendy Warner
“Integrating the 4 C’s of 21st Century Learning: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity…AKA…Accomplishing Instructional Shifts of the Common Core” – David Jones
“Apps in Ag Ed: The Sequel” - Wendy Warner, Joy Morgan and Chad Holloman

“Boosting Comprehension in Agriculture” – Travis Park

11/4/2014 - American FFA Degree Recipients

Congratulations to the students in AEE at NC State who received the American FFA Degree on Saturday at the National FFA Convention. The department was well represented with eight students who received the degree.

The American FFA Degree is the highest degree one can receive in FFA.

Congratulations Danielle Blake, Caroline Clement, Nicole Clemmons, Kerri Corder, Taylor Craig, Bradley Glover, Alex Miller, and Chad Sechrest.

10/2/2014 - NAPTP

Anna BrunerCongratulations to Anna Bruner, a senior in Agricultural Education at NC State University who was selected to participate in the 2014 National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program (NAPTP) at the National FFA Convention.

The NAPTP is committed to promoting inquiry-based teaching methods and the enhancement of science in agriculture to preservice teachers in agricultural education across the nation.

This program is sponsored by Dupont.

9/23/2014 - AEE Cookout 

What are you doing this weekend? On Sunday, September 28 the AEE department will be having a cookout at Dr. Gary Moore’s nature preserve in Cary. The event will begin at 5 pm. At the cookout we will have hotdogs, baked beans, and s’mores.

This is a great opportunity for students to meet the faculty and fellow students on an informal basis. All AEE students are invited to come and bring friends and family. If you will be able to attend the event please fill out the form that was sent out via email through the AEE list serve. 

9/11/2014 - National FFA Convention

Do you want to attend National FFA Convention?

This is a great opportunity for you to go on a great trip. We need students to be involved in order to make NC State standout at convention. Why should you take advantage of this trip? For starters, you will be at convention representing NC State, CALS, and the AEE department. Also, you will have the opportunity to meet other collegiate agriculture students, attend leadership, agriculture education, and agriculture workshops. In addition, you could possibly find internships that you are interested in. Lastly, have FUN!

The cost of the trip will be $200. The $200 covers lodging, travel, and registration. Departure will be Tuesday, October 28th at 10 am and return will be Saturday, November 1st at midnight. If you are interested in attending National FFA Convention, the full amount of $200 is due by September 19th at 5 pm to Dr. Park. 

8/26/2014 - Summer Activities 

What did you do this summer? The professors in the AEE department stayed busy; here are what some of them did this summer.

Dr. Gary Moore was on the speaking circuit this summer. He spoke at both the Ohio and North Carolina Agriculture Teachers conference, presented a research paper about distance education at Montana State University to the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture and spoke at the Chautauqua Institution in New York about advances in agriculture. He also taught one summer school class - AEE 578 Research Methods. While in Montana he spent an extra five days touring the state and learning about agriculture in Montana.

Dr. Barry Croom worked on a book project this summer focusing in the areas of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. He also conducted a workshop for beginning teachers. In addition to both of these Dr. Croom is the editor of the Journal of Agricultural Education and prepared two issues for publication. 

8/18/2014 - Welcome Back!

Welcome back students! Are you ready for a great year?! During the first few weeks of class, there are many events happening on campus below are just a few of them. 

8/18: 1:30 pm Convocation 

8/19: 5 pm Chillin' & Grillin'
          7 pm Respect the Pack

8/20: First Day of Classes!
          5 pm BSB Back to School Jam

8/22: Service NC State Blood Drive
          9 pm IRC Silent Disco

8/23: 2 pm Packapalooza 

To see the full list of activities visit: 

4/3/2014 - National Teach Ag Ambassador Program

Applications for the National Teach Ag Ambassador Program are now available. The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2014 National FFA Convention career show, October 26-October 31 in Louisville, KY and throughout the year at the state level. 

 Ambassadors will be responsible for the logistical operations of the Teach Ag booth during FFA Convention; including booth setup and teardown, staffing the interactive activities, general booth maintenance and other Teach Ag related activities that occur during the week of National FFA Convention.

Applications for this position are due April 25th. This is a great opportunity for agriculture education majors; if you are interested and would like to learn more click here

3/4/2014 - DELTA Conference Part II

Over the weekend of February 28 through March 1, 21 new teachers from across North Carolina met at the NC FFA Center at White Lake for part II of the Agriculture Education Induction Conference. Part I of this conference was held last October. This program is called DELTA and is geared towards lateral entry teachers but can benefit new certified teachers also. This new program is coordinated by the faculty here in the AEE department. Dr. Wendy Warner and Dr. Barry Croom both presented at the conference over the weekend. Some of the topics for the conference were Connecting SAE to FFA and Instruction, Success in the Elements System, and Stress Management. The 21 teachers who attended this conference were from Currituck county all the way to Mitchell county. These teachers serve about 2,200 students in North Carolina.  

2/10/2014 - Distinguished Researcher Award

Picture of Dr. JayCongratulations to Dr. Jay Jayaratne who another award! He received the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Southern Region of the American Association for Agricultural Education. This award was presented to him at the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists Meeting in Dallas. Congratulations, Dr. Jay!

1/9/2014 - NC Women of Distinction Award 

Picture of Dr. Sobrero receiving her awardCongratulations to Dr. Sobrero who was presented with the "NC Women of Distinction" Award in November by the North Carolina Women's Forum. The award was presented by Lisa Grafstein, the president. This award honored Dr. Sobrero's service on statewide Boards and Commissions, especially in North Carolina, but also across her career.

11/13/2013 - National New Teacher Award 

On November 10th in Washington, DC, Dr. David Jones was named the 2013 recipient of the Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences New Teacher Division. The award was presented to Dr. Jones at the 126th APLU Annual Meeting where university faculty members are honored for the use of innovative teaching methods and service to students. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and APLU, the annual awards included a stipend of $2,000 for the new teacher honoree to be used for improving teaching at their respective universities.
If you spend any time with David Jones you will undoubtedly hear the phrase, “It’s all about relationships.” Relationships and relationship building are the catalysts for the methods and style Dr. David Jones uses in his teaching. His love for students and passion for agriculture allow him to use his coursework to promote these passions to create responsible, global citizens.
Here at NC State, Dr. Jones has been able to continue his efforts to empower students while at the same time serving the agriculture industry in training a future workforce of responsible, critical thinking problem solvers who believe they are individuals working together as a whole.
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization representing 223 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and related organizations.  Founded in 1887, APLU is the nation's oldest higher education association with member institutions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, and Canada. Annually, member campuses enroll 4 million undergraduates and 1.2 million graduate students, award over 1 million degrees, employ over 1 million faculty and staff, and conduct $39 billion in university-based research.

10/22/2013 - Excellence in Extension Program Evaluation Award

Last week Dr. Jay Jayaratne attended the American Evaluation Conference in Washington, D.C., where he was the recipient of the Excellence in Extension Evaluation Award from AEA.  This is another major award for a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education! The Excellence in Extension Program Evaluation Award is given for an evaluation of outstanding quality. Criteria for excellence in program evaluation are accuracy, feasibility, propriety and utility, with particular emphasis placed on utility in improving Extension programs, policies and/or accountability. Congratulations Dr. Jayaratne! 

9/30/2013 - Association of Leadership Educators Conference

This past summer the annual conference of the Association of Leadership Educators (ALE) was held in New Orleans, Louisiana July 6-10. The topic of this year’s conference was leadership and resiliency. Dr. Jackie Bruce, professor in our department along with Caroline Tart a current senior majoring in agriculture education and Dr. Sara Brierton from the poultry department attended this conference.

Caroline Tart was awarded the Founding Mother’s Scholarship which is awarded to an outstanding student showing leadership. Dr. Bruce and Dr. Brierton were awarded the outstanding case study.  Dr. Bruce is also the journal editor for ALE. The Association of Leadership Educators is great for undergraduates and graduate students who have an interest in leadership and professional development. If you are interested in presenting or attending the conference next summer which will be held in San Antonio, Texas talk to an AEE faculty member. The deadline for registering for the conference is March 1st, but if you are interested you should talk to a faculty member before the deadline. 

9/25/2013 - Agriculture Education Leadership Cohort Program 

On Sunday, September 29th, twelve of North Carolina's finest agriculture teachers will be attending a leadership development training program in Raleigh. The Ag. Ed. Leadership Cohort program is a partnership with the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association and the North Carolina State University Agricultural and Extension Education Department. From our department, Dr. David Jones is providing the leadership for this initiative. 

The program was developed to promote Leadership and Leadership Development of North Carolina Agricultural Teachers. The cohort group consists of agriculture teachers with 5-15 years of teaching experience.  These teachers will go through a one year leadership program consisting of three visits to Raleigh and monthly conference calls.

The September 29th-October 1st program will delve into Personal Growth and Personal Leadership Development. The second visit will deal with Professionalism and Professional Growth and the last leadership training program will look at Agricultural Issues at the local, State, National and Global levels. The objectives of the program is to develop a better understanding of Agricultural Education at the State level. Participants will gain valuable leadership education that will put them in a position to take future leadership roles within the Agricultural Education discipline. 

9/19/2013 AEE Professor Keynotes Teaching Conference

One of our AEE professors, Gary Moore, was the keynote speaker at the University of Wyoming (UW) E-Volution Conference and the Western Region Agricultural Colleges Teaching Symposium which was held Sept. 13-14. The Outreach School at UW sponsors a teaching with technology conference every year to bring their faculty up to speed on the latest advances in teaching technology (it is known as the E-Volution Conference). Additionally the Academic Deans at the Agricultural Colleges in the West hold an annual teaching symposium. This year those two events were combined. Dr. Moore's presentation was titled "Searching for the Wizard of Oz - In the College Classroom and in Cyberspace."  He did enjoy attending a Wyoming football game against UNC (the University of Northern Colorado). The stadium holds 33,000 and is 7,220 feet above sea level. 

7/5/2013 - NACTA Conference

Drs. Wendy Warner and Jay Jayaratne were recognized as Teaching Fellows by NACTA. Joy Marshall, a doctoral student, received the Graduate Teaching Fellow award.

The AEE faculty and graduate students presented 7 scholarly papers and 6 posters at the conference. The presentations were on such topics as using technology in teaching, student assessment, teaching methods, minority recruitment and extension practices. The presentations and posters are as follows:

Papers (AEE faculty and graduate student names are in bold) :

Barry Croom, J. Kellogg,  B. Graf, I Raskin, N. Plundrick, & Mary Ann Lila. The Science Behind Traditional Knowledge: An In-Field Medicinal Plants Bioassay Method Boosts Science Engagement Of American Indian and Alaskan Native High School Students.

J. Grossman, M. Schroeder-Moreno , Jay Jayaratene, & S. Smith. Application of Service-Learning in two Courses for a Hands-on, Minds-in, and Hearts-felt Educational Experience.

David Jones. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Low Stakes Assessments.

Gary Moore. Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries: Getting Small Groups to Actually Work in the Classroom.

Stephen Ratasky, Michelle Schroeder-Moreno & Jay Jayaratene. Challenges and Opportunities in Developing the Student Farm as an Educational Resource: A Nationwide Delphi Study on Student Farms.

Caroline Sheffield, Wendy Warner & Barry Croom. Google Hangouts: Keeping Connected through Technology.

Wendy Warner & Joy Marshall. Preparing to Teach Agricultural Education: An Examination of Student Teachers' Instructional Plans and Planning.

Posters (AEE faculty and graduate student names are in bold) :

Jay Jayaratene & Gary Moore. Is There a Significant Difference? A Comparison of Student Learning Outcomes in Face-to-Face and Online Courses.

Jay Jayaratene. Understanding Agricultural Scientists' Information Delivery Behavior and Farmers' Information Receiving Preferences for Educating Farmers.

David JonesIt's for the Birds: Building "Classroom Community" one Tweet at a Time.

Joy Marshall & Wendy Warner. Diversifying Student Enrollment in Colleges of Agriculture through the Recruitment of Latino Students.

Wendy Warner. Examining Reflection Among Preservice Agriculture Teachers.

Melissa Hendrickson & Beth Wilson. Diversity in Two Year Post-Secondary Agriculture Programs.