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.
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
Congratulations 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
Congratulations 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 , 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
Several AEE faculty members and graduate students attended the 59th annual meeting of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) which was held at Virginia Tech June 25-28.
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 Jones. It'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.