The faculty are the most important factor to consider in selecting an academic institution at which to study. You want to study under the top people in the field. The faculty in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education at North Carolina State University are indeed the top people in the field. There is solid evidence to support this contention.
One of the highest honors given in the field of Agricultural and Extension Education is to be recognized as a "Fellow" by the American Association of Agricultural Education. The designation of "Fellow" means the profession has tremendous respect for your involvement in and contributions to the profession. Our Department has four active "Fellows"; the most of any university in America.
We also provide leadership to the profession. Among the ranks of our active, emeritus and adjunct faculty we have individuals who are currently serving or have served as national or international PRESIDENT of the following professional organizations:
- Alpha Tau Alpha (National Agricultural Education Honorary)
- American Association for Agricultural Education
- American Vocational Education Research Association
- Association for Career and Technical Education
- Association for Career and Technical Education Research
- Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education
- Association of Leadership Educators
- National Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (now the National Association of Agricultural Educators)
- Omicron Tau Theta (National Career and Technical Education Honorary)
While all of the above are notable, perhaps the most important attribute that our faculty possess is the fact that they have real world experience working as agriculture teachers, extension agents and in the agricultural sector. We have practiced what we preach. So, do you want to study under someone who has "been there and done that" or merely has "book learning" about the profession?
And it should be noted that we have a tremendous student-centered support staff who can assist you as a student.
Because of our experience and national involvement in the profession, we can open doors for you!
Organization of the Department:
The organization of our department is somewhat unique in the fact that the state leadership for the secondary agricultural education and FFA programs in the state is located in our Department. In many states these individuals are found in a state Department of Education. Our department is organized into three "teams", however many of the faculty work on more than one team.
|Department Head - Jim Flowers|
|Academic Team - This group teaches the undergraduate and graduate classes and advises Bachelors, Master's and Doctoral students.||Agricultural Education/FFA Team - This group provides leadership to the high school and middle school agricultural education/FFA programs in the state.||Extension Team - This group works with extension agents in program planning, program evaluation, leadership development and training.|
|Jim Flowers - Team Leader||Gerald Barlowe - Team Leader||Mark Kistler|
|Jackie Bruce||Jason Davis||Jay Jayaratne|
|Jay Jayaratne||Andy VonCanon|
|Katie McKee||Horace Johnson|
|Barbara Kirby||Alicia McLamb|
|Beth Wilson (in the Dean's Office)|