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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

Ag 450 Farm 75th Anniversary Celebration Coming This Fall!

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AGEDS Graduates Honored at CALS Convocation

Five fall 2017 graduates were honored at CALS fall convocation with senior awards. 

These awards are presented to students that have gone above and beyond during their time at Iowa State.  Two of the students are AGEDS students: Paige Canella, agricultural studies received the outstanding senior award and Taylor Wilkins, agriculture and life sciences education recieved the outstanding ambassador of agriculture and life sciences award.  Congratulations!


AGEDS Alum Honored at ISU Homecoming with James A. Hopson Volunteer Award

Claire Masker is the director of public relations for the National Pork Board in Clive, Iowa, where she has not only been tremendously successful in achieving her professional goals but has also remained a loyal friend and partner to her alma mater.

Masker is a frequent guest lecturer for College of Agriculture and Life Sciences classes and ISU student organizations, and she volunteers as a judge for the annual ISU Bacon Expo. In 2016, she took her service to Iowa State to the next level when she co-led a swine study abroad trip to China and Japan. With the support of her employer, she helped students prepare for the trip throughout the semester and chaperoned the trip for three weeks.

Masker is an inaugural member of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Curtiss League of Awesomeness, a young alumni organization that assists the college with recruitment, advocacy, and grass-roots awareness efforts. She also helped create Young Professionals in Agriculture (YPiA), a networking group for young professionals in her industry. She has served as president of YPiA, as a member of the Agriculture Future of America Alliance Planning Committee, and as a member of the Iowa State University Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council. She is a graduate of the 2015-2016 class of Leadership Iowa and a recipient of the National Agri-Marketing Association’s Best of NAMA Award for social media.

She is a Cyclone Club member and an ISU Alumni Association life member.


AGEDS Faculty Recognized at NC AAAE Conference

Several AGEDS faculty were recognized at the NC AAAE conference which was held in Ames in late September.

Outstanding Research Paper Presentation - Mark Hainline, Iowa State University; Scott Burris, Rudy Ritz, Texas Tech University; Jonathan Ulmer, Kansas State University with a paper entitled School District Superintendents’ and Attorneys’ Perceptions of the Most Important Educational Law Issues Impacting the Professional Security of Agricultural Science Teachers

Distinguished Agricultural International Educator – Dr. Robert Martin

Outstanding Agricultural Educator – Dr. Greg Miller

AGEDS Alum Presents CALS Seminar



Dr. Antoine Alston (PhD, 2000) and Associate Dean for Academic Studies in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina A&T State University recently returned to the ISU campus to present a seminar titled Understanding Persistence & Grit of At-Risk Student Populations.  Dr. Alston's presentation focused on strategies for successful degree matriculation of "At-Risk" populations on campus.


Doese Named "Best in Class"

Ellen Doese ('83 Ag Education, '88 M.S) was recently honored with the Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher Award from the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).  The award is given to teachers who are at the pinnacle of their professions.  Doese has taught agriculture at Wapsie Valley High School in Fairbank, Iowa since 1983.  Congratulations!   Release from NAAE.

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