Travis Park

Dr. Travis Park, Associate Professor

Office address:
Box 7607 NCSU
Room 216 Ricks Hall
1 Lampe Drive
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695 - 7607

Office phone (919) 515-9441
Fax (919) 513-1169


Ph. D. University of Florida (2005)

  • Agricultural Education, Teaching & Learning
  • Secondary Focus: Leadership
  • Dissertation: Effect of Content Area Reading Strategy Instruction in Secondary Agriscience

M.S. Purdue University, Agricultural Education (2002)
B.S.  Purdue University, Agricultural Education, Endorsement: Biological Sciences (1996)

Biographic Information
Dr. Park was born and raised on a crop and livestock farm and the son of two teachers. Dr. Travis Park understands that working in agriculture is "pleasant as well as challenging." Growing up in Trafalgar, Indiana, Dr. Park was active in 4-H and FFA throughout high school and served as the National FFA President in the early 90s. Travis earned his BS and MS from Purdue University in agricultural education. While in college, he was active with FarmHouse International Fraternity, Ag Council, Ag Ambassadors and Mortar Board. Upon graduation, he was named the 1996 G. A. Ross Award winner, which recognizes the outstanding male student in the graduating class.

After graduating from Purdue, Travis taught agriculture at Tri-County High School in Wolcott, Indiana, for 5.5 years. He married Lacy in 2000, and the couple moved to Gainesville, Florida, to enroll at the University of Florida where Travis earned his Ph.D. in 2005. 

Travis and Lacy moved to Ithaca, New York, where Travis served as an associate professor in the Department of Education, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University. For eight years, Travis helped prepare outstanding teachers of agriculture for New York and the Northeast. In 2011, Travis was tenured and promoted to associate professor and director of teacher education.

Travis and his wife Lacy have three beautiful daughters, Carson, Campbell, and Colbie. Dr. Park enjoys reading, brewing beer, smoking meat, backpacking, gardening, and spending time with his family.

Professional Honors/Offices/Recognitions
Career and Technical Education Research, Editor, 2014-2018
National Council for Agricultural Education, 2017-2020
CALS Teaching and Advising Committee, Chair, 2014-2018
NC Ag Ed DELTA, Coordinator, 2015-present
NC Teach Ag, Coordinator, 2014-present

CALS NACTA Teaching Award of Merit, 2017
Graduate Teaching Fellow, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture
NAAE, Outstanding Cooperation Award, 2009
NAAE, Outstanding Agriculture Program, 2001
Indiana Association of Agricultural Educators, Outstanding Agricultural Educator, 2001, 2002
National FFA President, 1992-1993

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

AEE 426 Methods of Teaching Agriculture
AEE 427 Student Teaching in Agriculture
AEE 491 Seminar in Agricultural Education
AEE 507 Comparative Agricultural and Extension Education
AEE 529 Curriculum Development in Agricultural and Extension Education
AEE 530 Priority Management in Agricultural and Extension Education
AEE 575 Advanced Teaching Methods
AEE 641 Practicum in Agricultural Education

Primary Research Interests

Reading Literacy
Agriculture Awareness
Assessment in Teacher Preparation (edTPA)

Recent Publications/Presentations

Park, T., & Berescik, T. (2018). Natural resources systems. Chicago, IL: Goodheart-Willcox Publisher.

Park, T. D., Pearson, D., & Richardson, G. (2017). Curriculum integration: Helping career and technical education students truly develop college and career readiness. Peabody Journal of Education, DOI: 10.1080/0161956X.2017.1302213

Curry, K., Warner, W., & Falk, J. (2017, May). Does motivation matter? Examining the relationship between student motivation and performance in Career Development Events. Research paper presented at the 2017 American Association for Agricultural Education national research conference, San Luis Obispo, CA.

Park, T. D., & Warner, W. J. (2017, April). 10-Week Plan for edTPA Success. Conference presentation to the Southeastern Regional edTPA Implementation Conference, Raleigh, NC.

Curry, K., Warner, W., & Park, T. (2017, February). The impact of self-efficacy on teacher candidates' edTPA performance. Research poster presented at the Southern Research Conference of the American Association for Agricultural Education, Mobile, AL.

Rayfield, J., Smith, K., Park, T., & Croom, D. B. (2016). Principles of agricultural, food, and natural resources. Chicago, IL: Goodheart-Willcox Publisher. ISBN: 978-1-63126-235-7

Lunsford, A., Warner, W. J., Park, T. D., & Morgan, J. (2016). Agricultural Education Teacher Candidates’ Perceptions of the edTPA. Career and Technical Education Research, 41(3), 213-225. DOI: 10.5328/cter41.3.213

Curry, K., Warner, W., & Park, T. (2016, December). Motivations of FFA CDE competitors: Predicting performance. Paper presented at the Association for Career and Technical Education Research national research conference, Las Vegas, NV. Outstanding paper presentation.

Shoulders, C., & Park, T. D. (2016, June). Establishing teaching efficacy through a books for agricultural education reading program. Oral presentation at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture annual conference, Manoa, HI.

Curry, K., Szcytko, R., Stevenson, K., Warner, W. & Park, T. D. (2016, June). Environmental literacy and student performance: Lessons learned from a professional development intervention. Poster presented at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture annual conference, Manoa, HI.

Pritts, M. P., & Park, T. D. (2013). Proposed learning outcomes for four-year horticulture programs in the United States. HortTech, 23(2), 237-240.

Baurle, T. L., & Park, T. D. (2012). Multidisciplinary instruction: Utilizing outdoor education in the plant sciences. Horttech, 22(5), 715-718.

Kitchel, T., Smith, A., Ball, A., Robinson, S., Lawver, R., Park, T., & Schell, A. (2012). Teacher job satisfaction and burnout viewed through social comparisons. Journal of Agricultural Education, 53(1), 31-44. doi: 10.5032/jae.2012.01031