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Dr. Jim Flowers, Professor

Professor, Undergraduate Program Coordinator












B.S.. in Agricultural Education, University of Tennessee at Martin
M.A.. in Agricultural Education, Western Kentucky University
Ph.D. in Agricultural Education, University of Illinois

Biographic Information

Dr. Flowers grew up on a farm in western Tennessee, near Kentucky Lake.  The farming operation consisted of beef cattle, horses, and hay production.  He was active in FFA in high school, where he served as a chapter FFA officer for four years and competed in numerous district and regional contests.  He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in Agricultural Education, where he was a founding member of the Alpha Zeta chapter.  He was married to the former Peggy Tyree, also a UTM student, in 1971.  After graduating from UTM in 1973, he and Peggy, moved to Portland, Tennessee where he began his career as an agriculture teacher.  He earned his master’s degree from Western Kentucky University while he was teaching agriculture at Portland High School.

After ten years as a high school agriculture teacher, he moved to Champaign, IL, to enroll in the University of Illinois, where he earned his Ph.D.  In 1986 he accepted a position at North Carolina State University as an assistant professor of Agricultural Education.  In July, 2001, he was promoted to the rank of full professor and was appointed as department head in October of that same year.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities at NC State University, he has served as both the undergraduate coordinator and the director of graduate programs for the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, and the Academic Programs Team Leader for the department. He has served on various university, college, and departmental committees, including serving two terms as Chair of the University level Undergraduate Admissions Committee.

Dr. Flowers and his wife, Peggy, have three children and seven grandchildren.

Professional Honors/Offices/Recognitions

Distinguished Lecturer, American Association for Agricultural Education, 2014

Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, NC State Alumni Association, 2014

North Carolina State University Academy of Outstanding Teachers, 2014

Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University, 2014

Outstanding Agricultural Educator, American Association for Agricultural Education, 2012 AAAE

Conference, Asheville, NC.

Outstanding Research Paper (with Sara Brierton, primary author, and Elizabeth Wilson, Mark Kistler, and David Jones), American Association for Agricultural Education Research Meeting, 2012, Asheville, NC.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Outstanding Faculty Advisor 2012

National Council for Agriculture Education 2000-2002 & 2012-2015

Senior Fellow, American Association for Agricultural Education, 2009

Distinguished Lecturer, Southern Region of American Association for Agricultural Education, 2006

Outstanding Agricultural Educator, Southern Region, American Association for Agricultural Education, 2005 & 2013

National President, American Association for Agricultural Education, 2001

National Secretary, American Association for Agricultural Education, 1997-1998

Editing Managing Board, Journal of Agricultural Education, 2011-2013

Association for Career and Technical Education, 1973 – present; Vice President of the Agricultural Education Division & Board of Directors, 2012-2015.

Outstanding Graduate Student Research Paper (co-authored with Jodi Reidel, Elizabeth Wilson, and Gary Moore), Southern Agricultural Education Research Conference, 2007, Mobile, Alabama.

Outstanding Research Paper, American Vocational Education Research Association, 2000

Outstanding Poster Presentation, First Runner-Up, American Association for Agricultural Education, 1997

National Association for Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Fellow, 1994

Distinguished Teaching Award, Southern Region, American Association for Agricultural Education, 1994

Outstanding Young Member Award, American Association for Agricultural Education, 1992

Outstanding Research Paper, American Vocational Education Research Association, 1992

National Membership Secretary, American Vocational Education Research Association, 1990-91

Honorary American FFA Degree, 1990

AATEA Journal Author of the Year, 1st Runner-Up, Volume 29 - American Association of Teacher Educators in Agriculture, 1988

William E. Nagel Leadership in Vocational Education Award - University of Illinois, 1987

Honorary State FFA Degree, North Carolina, 1988 and Tennessee, 1982

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

AEE 101, Introduction to Career and Technical Education
AEE 427, Student Teaching in Agriculture
AEE 579, Research Design in Agricultural and Extension Education

Primary Research Interests

Instructional Methodology- Problem Solving Instruction
Improvement of Career and Technical Education Teacher Preparation Programs

Recent Publications/Presentations

Book Chapters:

Flowers, J.L. & Martin, D.R.  (2010). Teacher certification:  Traditional and Alternative Approaches, Preparing and Advancing Teachers in Agricultural Education, 246-255, Columbus, OH: The Ohio State Curriculum Materials Center.

Articles and Publications:


Brierton, S. Wilson, E.B., Kistler, M.J., Jones, D.W.W., & Flowers, J.L. (2015). A Comparison of Higher Order Thinking Skills Demonstrated in Synchronous and Asynchronous Online College Discussion Posts, NACTA Journal.

Coley, M.D., Warner, W.J., Stair, K.S., Flowers, J.L., & Croom, D.B. (2015). Technology Usage of Tennessee Agriculture Teachers, Journal of Agricultural Education

Shoulders, C.W., Johnson, D.M., & Flowers, J.L. (2015). Peer Review in Agricultural Education: Interrater Reliability of Manuscript Reviews for the 2014 National Agricultural Education Research Conference, Journal of Agricultural Education.

Flowers, J.L. (2015). "Do What is Important,” Journal of Agricultural Education, 56(1), doi:10.5032/jae.2015.01001. (Distinguished Lecture for the 2014 AAAE Conference)

Anderson, J., Bruce, J., Jones, D., & Flowers, J. (2015).  The Impact of Livestock Exhibition on Youth Leadership Life Skill Development:  Youth Agricultural Organizations, Journal of Extension.


Kish, J., Jayaratne, K.S.U., Flowers, J. & Kistler, M.J. (2014).  Motivational Factors of Effective Extension Advisory Leaders: Implications for Building Strong Extension Advisory Councils, Journal of Human Sciences and Extension.


Mills, K. Bruce, J., Jones, D. & Flowers, J.  (2013). Socially Responsible or Just Plain Social: Socially Responsible Leadership Skills of New Members of Greek Letter Organizations. Journal of Leadership Education, 12 (1). Available at:


Baughman, K.,  Bruce, J., Jones, D. & Flowers, J.  (2012). The Leadership Proficiency of Commissioners of Agriculture. Journal of Leadership Education. 11(2). Available at:

Johnson, L., Wilson, E., Flowers, J. & Croom, B. (2012). Perceptions of North Carolina High School Agricultural Educators Regarding Students with Special Needs Participating in Supervised Agricultural Experience and FFA. Journal of Agricultural Education. 53(4), 41-54. DOI: 10.5032/jae.2012.02153

Curry, K., Wilson, E.B., Flowers, J.L, & Farin, C.  (2012).  Scientific Basis vs. Contextualized Teaching and Learning:  The Effects on Achievement of Postsecondary Students, Journal of Agricultural Education, 53(1), doi: 10.5032/jae.2012.01057.

Murray, K.A., Flowers, J.L., Croom, D.B., & Wilson, E.B. (2011).  The Agricultural Teacher’s Struggle for Balance Between Career and Family, Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(2), doi:10.5032/jae.2011.2107.