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The Department of Agricultural Education and Studies has as its focus the teaching and learning processes. All three elements of the land-grant philosophy - learning, discovery, and engagement - are part of the department's emphasis on the educational processes, and how these processes impact our clientele in a variety of agricultural settings.

News & Updates

Chang Liu Receives Research Excellence Award

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Chang Liu, a graduate student who recently completed her graduate program, has been named a recipient of the Iowa State University Research Excellence Award. The award honors students whose research accomplishments are among the top 10% at ISU in overall quality. President Allen stated in his letter to Chang that  “One of the most important goals of the university is excellence is discovery. Your research accomplishments make a significant contribution to the knowledge base in your discipline. We appreciate the example you have set for your graduate student colleagues.”

Dr. Liu will receive a framed certificate, a letter from President Allen and honor cords in recognition for her efforts.

The title of Dr. Liu’s dissertation is “An assessment of the Use of the Internet as Perceived by Fruit Farmers in Hebei  Province China.” Dr. Robert Martin served as her major professor.

Dr. Liu  will be returning to China soon and we wish her well in her future endeavors.

National AAAE Conference Results

The following awards were received at the National American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) Conference held in San Luis Obispo, California in May:

Innovative Poster Results:

5th place Tie:

3-2-4-1: Teaching Critical Thinking and Communication Skills Through Skill-based Performance Evaluation

Trent Wells and Ryan Anderson

Research Poster Results:

3rd Place:

Job Satisfaction of Mid-Career Agricultural Educators Participating in the NAAE XLR8 Program

Jay Solomonson and Michael Retallick

1st Place:

What do Students Think about Online Course Structure?

Yahya Alotibi and Scott Smalley

Congratulations Dr. Miller!

Dr. Wade Miller will be retiring in July.   A reception honoring Dr. Miller's 37 years of service to the university was held on May 10, 2017.  Many attended to celebrate with Dr. Miller.  Thank you for all you've done at Iowa State, Dr. Miller!

Spring 2017 Cording Ceremony


Congratulations to Spring 2017 Agriculture and Life Sciences Education - Teacher Certification graduates!   Graduates participated in the teacher education cording ceremony on May 5, 2017.  The cording ceremony recognizes and celebrates the completion of the teacher preparation academic program and the induction into the profession of teaching.





Miller Receives Outstanding Mentor Award



Each spring, the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary mentoring of junior faculty. Dr. Greg Miller was nominated by his mentee, Dr. Scott Smalley, and was selected as an exemplary mentor for the 2016-17 academic year. Congratulations to Dr. Miller!




Alumni Association STATEment Award Winners


Alumni Association Awards

Congratulations to Department of Agriculture Education and Studies (AGEDS) alumni who are receiving awards during the 2016 Iowa State Alumni Association Honors and Awards Ceremony during Homecoming:

  • Richard Degner ('72 ag and life sciences education, '77 MS) and Nancy Degner ('72 food science) will be presented the Alumni Medal by the ISU Alumni Association.
  • Nancy Bohl Bormann ('04 environmental science, ag and life sciences education) will receive the Outstanding Young Professional Award by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  

Last updated May 4, 2017