Jay Jayaratne

 

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Dr. K. S. U. (Jay) Jayaratne, Associate Professor

State Leader for Extension Program Evaluation

Office address:
Box 7607 NCSU
Room 214 Ricks Hall

1 Lampe Drive
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695 - 7607

Office phone (919) 515-6079
Fax (919) 513-1169
E-Mail:
jay_jayaratne@ncsu.edu


Curriculum Vita


Education

Iowa State University, Ames: Ph.D. in Agricultural Education and Studies (2001)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: MS in Extension Education (1993)
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka: B.S. in Agriculture (1981) 


Biographic Information

Dr. Jayaratne grew up in a small rural town called Kitulgala in Sri Lanka. He later moved to the United States. He was an Extension District Director in Sri Lanka. After earning his Ph.D. from Iowa State University, he joined the University of Georgia Faculty in 2001 and served as the Evaluation Specialist for five years. Then, he joined the NCSU faculty as an Assistant Professor/State Leader for Program Evaluation on August 14, 2006. He has extension, teaching, and research responsibilities. He is responsible for providing evaluation leadership to North Carolina Cooperative Extension faculty. He has extensive experience in extension education. His expertise and research interests are in Extension program evaluation and international agriculture. Dr. Jayaratne is a member of American Evaluation Association, American Association for Agricultural Education, Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education, and North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. He is married and lives with his wife, Premila in Morrisville, NC. Dr. Jayaratne has two sons, Supun and Ilinda. His elder son studied Aerospace Engineering at NCSU and currently working as an engineer. His younger son is a junior in Chemical Engineering at NCSU. Dr. Jayaratne likes gardening, reading, and traveling.


Professional Honors/Offices/Recognitions


Distinguished Researcher Award (American Association for Agricultural Education, Southern Region), February 2014.

Excellence in Extension Program Evaluation Award (This 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.) Washington, DC, October 18, 2013.

Fellow, International Association for Agricultural and Extension Education
 
North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Fellow 2013

Outstanding Poster Presentation Award Received for the poster presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the International Association for Agricultural and Extension Education. Nakorn Pathom Province, Thailand, 2012.

Outstanding Achievement Award (This award is given for a professional who is in his/her career more than five years and has demonstrated a combination of service, leadership, and scholarly activity in international agricultural and extension education) received from the International Association for Agricultural and Extension Education at the annual conference in Windhoek, Namibia, May 07, 2011.

1st Runner-up Outstanding Journal Article of the Year Award 2010 from the Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, May, 2011, Windhoek, Namibia.

2nd Place Outstanding Research Poster Presentation at the Southern Regional Conference of the American Association for Agricultural Education, February, 2011, Corpus Christi, TX.

2nd Place Outstanding Poster Presentation at the 26th Annual Conference of the International Association for Agricultural and Extension Education. May 2010, Saskatoon, Canada.

3rd Place Outstanding Poster Presentation at the 25th Annual Conference of the International Association for Agricultural and Extension Education. May 2009, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Early Achievement Award (This award is given for a professional who is in his/her early career and has demonstrated a combination of service, leadership, and scholarly activity in international agricultural and extension education) received from the International Association for Agricultural and Extension Education at the annual conference at the Earth University, Costa Rica, May 14, 2008.

Sustained Excellence in Extension Evaluation Award (This award is given for conceptual, methodological and evaluation accomplishments making outstanding contributions to Extension and evaluation.) received from the Extension Education Evaluation Topical Interest group of the American Evaluation Association at the annual conference in Portland, Oregon in November 2006.

The Epsilon Sigma Phi Extension State Team Award to recognize the contribution made for the “Children, Youth and Families At Risk Project” received from the Epsilon Sigma Phi Extension Professional Organization Alpha Beta Chapter in 2005


Primary Teaching Responsibilities
 

AEE 577 Evaluation in Agricultural and Extension Education
AEE 705 International Agricultural Development
AEE 521 Program Planning in Agricultural and Extension Education

 

 


Primary Research Interests

Extension education program evaluation and international agricultural extension education


Recent Publications/Presentations

2014

Dunn, C., Whetstone, L. M., Kolasa, K. M., Jayaratne, K, S. U., Thomas, C., Aggarwal, S., Nordby, K. & Riley, K. E. M. (2014). Using synchronous distance-education technology to deliver a weight management intervention. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46(6), 602-609. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2014.06.001

Kish, J., Jayaratne, K. S. U., Flowers, J., & Kistler, M. J. (2014). Characteristics and motivational factors of effective Extension advisory leaders: Implications for building strong Extension advisory councils. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 2(3).Available at: http://media.wix.com/ugd/c8fe6e_e058fa5a17b548969a55005aa78dfffa.pdf
 
Schomberg, H. H., Fisher, D. S., Reeves, D. W., Endale, D. M., Raper, R. L., Jayaratne, K. S. U., Gamble, G. R., & Jenkins, M. B. (2014). Grazing winter rye cover crop in a cotton no-till system: Yield and economics. Agronomy Journal, 106,1041-1050. DOI:10.2134/agronj13.0434.
 
Glen, C. D., Moore, G. E., Jayaratne, K. S. U., & Bradley, L. K. (2014). Use of demonstration gardens in Extension: Challenges and benefits. Journal of Extension [On-line], 52(4). Available at: http://www.joe.org/joe/2014august/a6.php
 
Diaz, J. M., Jayaratne, K. S. U., Bardon, R., & Hazel, D. (2014). A framework for integrating and managing expectations of multiple stakeholder groups in a collaborative partnership. Journal of Extension [On-line], 52(3). Available at: http://www.joe.org/joe/2014june/iw6.php
 
Dunn, C., Jayaratne, K. S. U., Baughman, K., & Levine, K. (2014). Teaching basic cooking skills: Evaluation of the North Carolina Extension Cook Smart Eat Smart program. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 106(1), 39-46.
 
Ingerson, K., Jayaratne, K. S. U., Wymore, T., & Creamer, N. (2014).Extension educators’ perceptions about the NC 10% Local Food Campaign: Impacts, challenges, and alternatives.  Journal of Extension [On-line], 52(2). Available at: http://www.joe.org/joe/2014april/a7.php
 
Sobrero, P., & Jayaratne, K. S. U. (2014). Engaging learners through collaborative learning: Leadership development of County Extension Directors and lessons learned. Journal of Extension [On-line], 52(2). Available at: http://www.joe.org/joe/2014april/a2.php
 
Sobrero, P. & Jayaratne, K.S.U. (2014). Scholarship perceptions of academic department heads: Implications for promoting faculty community engagement scholarship. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 18 (1), 123-151.
 
Lakai, D., Jayaratne, K. S. U., Moore, G., & Kistler, M. J. (2014). Identification of current proficiency level of Extension competencies and the competencies needed for Extension agents to be successful in the 21st century. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 2(1), 71-89.  
 
Ingerson, K., Bruce, J., Jayaratne, K. S. U., & Kistler. M. (2014).  A look at what influences the leadership of agricultural and extension education department heads. Journal of Leadership Education, 13(1) 57-74 DOI: 10.12806/V13/I1/R5
 
Jayaratne, K. S. U. (2014). Evaluation framework for facilitating organizational strategic planning: Visionary evaluation for a sustainable, equitable future. Paper presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Denver, CO.
 
Jayaratne, K. S. U. (2014). Development of an online self-guided in-service training program for building evaluation capacity of Extension educators: Lessons learned. Paper presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Denver, CO.
 
Davis, J., & Jayaratne, K. S. U. (2014). Perceptions and training needs of North Carolina agriculture teachers for preparing them to be effective educators in the 21st century. Proceedings of the Annual Research Conference of the American Association for Agricultural Education, 41, 56-57, Salt Lake City, UT.

Jayaratne, K. S. U., & Thapa, B. (2014). Perceptions of the faculty members in the college of agriculture at Cuttington university in Liberia about agricultural extension undergraduate curriculum: Implications for international agriculture [Abstract]. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the International Association for Agricultural and Extension Education. Miami, Florida.

Jayaratne, K. S. U., & Sobrero, P. (2014, October). How to integrate engagement scholarship for achieving tenure and promotion. Poster session presented at the 15th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Avent, M. D., Lunsford, A. R., Willis, A. L., & Jayaratne, K. S. U. (2014, April). Effects of an agribusiness short-term study abroad program on career interests and goals of students. Poster session presented at the 30th Annual Conference of the International Association for Agricultural and Extension Education. Miami, FL.


2013

Jayaratne, K. S. U. (2013, November). Development of an online resource for designing evaluation tools and analyzing data. Paper presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Washington, DC.

Jayaratne, K. S. U. (2013, November). Development of an effective environmental scanning system for Cooperative Extension: Lessons learned to keep extension up-to-date with rapid changes in the 21st century. Paper presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Washington, DC.

Jayaratne, K. S. U., & Sobrero, P. (2013, October). Environmental Scanning for Spanning Boundaries: Implications for Effective Engagement with Communities. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, Lubbock, TX.

Sobrero, P., & Jayaratne, K. S. U. (2013, October). Engaged university presidents and chancellors perceptions about the scholarship of engagement. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, Lubbock, TX.

Dunn, C., Whetstone, L. M., Kolasa, K. M., Jayaratne, K.S.U., Thomas, C., Aggarwal, S., Herget, C., & Rogers, A. B. (2013). Delivering a behavior-change weight management program to teachers and state employees in North Carolina. American Journal of Health Promotion, 27(6), 378-383. DOI: 10.4278/ajhp.120221-QUAN-101

Jayaratne, K. S. U., Bird, L. B., & McClelland, J. W. (2013). Application of crossover design for conducting rigorous Extension evaluations. Journal of Extension [On-line], 51(2). Available at: http://www.joe.org/joe/2013april/tt1.php

McClelland, J. W., Jayaratne, K. S. U., & Bird, L. B. (2013). Nutrition education brings behavior and knowledge change in limited-resource older adults. Journal of Extension [On-line], 51(2). Available at: http://www.joe.org/joe/2013april/a1.php

Glen, C. D., Moore, G. E., Jayaratne, K. S. U., & Bradley, L. K. (2013). Characteristics of Extension demonstration gardens. Journal of Extension [On-line], 51(2). Available at: http://www.joe.org/joe/2013april/rb8.php

Jayaratne, K. S. U. & Moore, G. E. (2013). Is There a Significant Difference? A Comparison of Student Learning Outcomes in Face-to-Face and Online Courses. Proceedings of the 59th Annual North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Conference, Blacksburg, June 26.
 
Jayaratne, K. S. U. (2013). Understanding Agricultural Scientists' Information Delivery Behavior and Farmers' Information Receiving Preferences for Educating Farmers. Proceedings of the 59th Annual North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Conference, Blacksburg, VA.

Ratasky, S., Schroeder-Moreno , M., Jayaratne, K. S. U. (2013). Challenges and Opportunities in Developing the Student Farm as an Educational Resource: A Nationwide Delphi Study on Student Farms. Proceedings of the 59th Annual North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Conference, Blacksburg, VA.

Grossman, J., Schroeder-Moreno , M., Jayaratne, K. S. U., Smith, S. (2013). Application of Service-Learning in two Courses for a Hands-on, Minds-in, and Hearts-felt Educational Experience. Proceedings of the 59th Annual North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Conference, Blacksburg, VA.

Tutor-Marcom, R., & Jayaratne, K. S. U. (2013). Farm worker health & safety: Challenges to agricultural development. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the International Association for Agricultural and Extension Education, Fort Worth Historic Stockyards, TX.

Agle, M., & Jayaratne, K. S. U. (2013). Are we planning for failure? Transition planning in international programming. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the International Association for Agricultural and Extension Education, Fort Worth Historic Stockyards, TX.

Marshall, J. M., & Jayaratne, K. S. U. (2013). Issues and challenges related to agricultural development in Honduras. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the International Association for Agricultural and Extension Education, Fort Worth Historic Stockyards, TX.

2012

Lakai, D., Jayaratne, K.S.U., Moore, G.E., & Kistler, M.J. (2012). Barriers and effective educational strategies to develop Extension agents’ professional competencies. Journal of Extension, 50(4), Article Number 4RIB1. Available from http://www.joe.org/joe/2012august/rb1.php

Shaw, J., Hazel, D., Bardon, R., & Jayaratne, K. S. U. (2012). Landowners' knowledge, attitudes, and aspirations towards woody biomass markets in North Carolina. Journal of Extension [On-line], 50(4). Available at: http://www.joe.org/joe/2012august/a9.php

Jayaratne, K. S. U. (2012, October). Use of service learning for teaching an evaluation graduate course: Challenges and alternatives. Paper presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Minneapolis, MN.

Kish, J., Jayaratne, K. S. U., Flowers, J., Kistler, M. J., & Jenkins, D. (2012). Factors Contributing to Building Effective Extension Advisory Leadership Systems: Implications for International Agricultural Extension [Abstract]. Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the International Association for Agricultural and Extension Education, Nakorn Pathom Province, Thailand.

Jayaratne, K. S. U., & Sobrero, P. (2012). Effectiveness of co-learning leadership institute resulting in new engagement practices. Paper presented at the 13th National Outreach Scholarship Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL
 
Sobrero, P. & Jayaratne, K. S. U. (2012). Scholarship perceptions of academic department heads: Implications for promoting faculty community engagement scholarship. Paper presented at the 13th National Outreach Scholarship Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL

Davis, R. J., & Jayaratne, K. S. U., (2012, February). Agricultural teachers’ perceptions about in-service training needs for the 21st century. Poster session presented at the Southern Region Research Conference of the American Association for Agricultural Education, Birmingham, AL.

Glen, C. D., Moore, G. E., Jayaratne, K. S. U., & Bradley, L. K. (July, 2012). Benefits, challenges, and opportunities for improving the effectiveness of demonstration gardens as educational tools for Cooperative Extension. Poster session presented at the National Association of County Agriculture Agents, Charleston, SC.

Ingerson, K., Jayaratne, K. S. U., Wymore, T., & Creamer, N. (2012, February). Lessons learned for increasing agricultural literacy from North Carolina’s 10% Local Food Campaign. Poster session presented at the Southern Region Research Conference of the American Association for Agricultural Education, Birmingham, AL.

Jayaratne, K. S. U. (2012). Gender issues and policy reforms needed for the agricultural development in developing countries. Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the International Association for Agricultural and Extension Education, Nakorn Pathom Province, Thailand.

Jayaratne, K. S. U. (2012, October). Use of service learning for teaching an evaluation graduate course: Challenges and alternatives. Poster session presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Minneapolis, MN.