Welcome to Agricultural Education & Studies

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

Members of the Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators (IAAE) nominated Dr. Michael Retallick for the Teacher Mentor Award (sponsored by Cargill Animal Nutrition through the Iowa FFA Foundation).  He was selected for the award and a plaque was presented at the Iowa Agricultural Educators Conference in Ankeny on June 24, 2015.  This award was presented to Dr. Retallick for his continuing mentorship that begins with students here at ISU. 

He encourages students in Agriculture and Life Sciences Education to ​become teachers and works with them after they become teachers.  He has made long-term commitments to work with colleagues in agricultural education at the secondary and postsecondary levels. 

Congratulations to Dr. Retallick!

CASE Institutes Summer 2015

ISU and the AGEDS department has co-hosted three CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Sciences Education) Institutes this summer. CASE is an instructional system that is changing the culture of agriculture programs in the United States through intense teacher professional development; inquiry-based, student-focused lessons; assessment; and certification.  CASE equips teachers to elevate student experiences in the agriculture classroom, and prepares students for success in college and careers emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).The institutes provide the required professional development for teachers to become certified to teach the specific CASE curriculum in their school.​

The first institute was a pre-service teacher institute focused on AFRN and ran from May 29-June 5.  We had 19 ISU participants in that institute which included 11 undergraduate students, 5 masters students, 1 Ph.D. student and 2 ISU faculty. Ben Booth (Ag Teacher at IKM (Manning) and Tim Ray (former Oregon teacher and now MS/Ph.D. student at Ohio State) served as lead teachers. DuPont Pioneer provided funding to support the preservice institute.

Agricultural Sciences – Plant and Agricultural Science- Animal CASE Institutes where hosted for in-service teachers from June 8-18. Twenty teachers from four different states (IA, SD, WV, and MO) participated in animal and 17 teachers from four states (IA,SD, MN, MO) participated in plant.  Amy Conrad (Ag Teacher from Indiana) and Shaye Beasly (Texas Ag Teacher) served as lead teachers for the plant institute.  Gary Bruns (Maquoketa, IA Ag Teacher) and Lori Dyer (retired Ohio Ag Teacher) served as lead teachers for the animal institute. Most of the Iowa teachers used Iowa Governor’s STEM Scale-up Grant dollars or Perkins funding to pay for their institute.

Dr. Retallick is an affiliate professor for CASE and serves as the State Leader.  He assisted with the coordination of these institutes and also offered both graduate credit and AEA licensure renewal credit.  

Congratulations to the following individuals who were recognized at the 2015 National Conference for AAAE.  May 19-22, 2015 – San Antonio, Texas!

Robert Martin Award

Robert A. Martin – Outstanding Agricultural Educator Award for 2015.  American Association for Agricultural Education.

Dustin K. Perry, Michael S. Retallick, and Thomas H. Paulsen – Journal of Agricultural Education, First Runner-up Article of the Year for Volume 55.  “A Critical Thinking Benchmark for a Department of Agricultural Education and Studies”

OP McCubbins, Thomas H. Paulsen, and Ryan Anderson – Outstanding Research Paper Presentation.  “Student perceptions of their experience in a flipped undergraduate capstone course”

Sarah Striegel, Elizabeth Foreman, and Michael Retallick - Distinguished Research Poster Presentation. “The impact of high school leadership experience and its relationship to collegiate involvement”


ISU – AGEDS was heavily involved in the American Association for Agricultural Education 2015 National Conference, May 19-22, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas.  Here is a listing of the individuals who presented papers, posters, and a professional development session at the conference.


Agricultural Studies BS Hybrid Online/Campus degree

The Agricultural Education & Studies Department and Western Iowa Technical Community College have formed a partnership to offer the first Hybrid Online/Campus (2-1-1) degree. Students will complete two years of course work at Western Iowa Technical Community College, one year of online courses from Iowa State University, and one year of on-campus courses to complete the Agricultural Studies Bachelor of Science degree. Contact Ben Chamberlain for additional information bchamber@iastate.edu or 515-294-4655.