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The mission of the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education is to prepare agricultural professionals to teach, lead, and serve.
Our department’s efforts are aimed at two of the nation’s greatest resources – its people and the agricultural industry. We are committed to serving the people of the state and nation by providing support for teaching, through our support for the professionals who work with the youth in FFA and 4-H programs, through our support for extension professionals who develop programs for their communities, and for those who are involved in informing the public about the great agricultural industry and in providing leadership in the multi-faceted areas of agriculture.
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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 received 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.
John Stewart is a senior in Agricultural Education. When he was younger, he showed livestock but what really got him interested in agriculture was FFA. Through the FFA he was able to see the “potential in agriculture and the viability of a career” in the industry. John realized that everyone is impacted by agriculture and that through agriculture he could serve others every day.
John has always been an NC State and knew this is where he wanted to come study. Not only has John always loved NCSU but he chose to come here because of the reputation and education that NC State has. John was challenged and pushed by his advisor Mr. Robison which led him to want to do the same for others.
After John graduates next December he plans to teach but also has an interest in the agriculture industry and would also like to work in that area. While at NC State, John has been involved in Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and served as the Noble Ruler and the Inter-Fraternity Council where he served as president.
John enjoys everything about NC State but one thing in particular is “how committed our faculty and staff are to ensuring our success.” His advice to students at NC State is for them to enjoy their time at NC State and study hard because before you know it, it will be over.