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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

AGEDS Graduate Student Receive Excellence Award

Taylorann Clark (AGEDS, MS, 2015) received the Iowa State University Graduate College Research Excellence Award for the summer of 2015. The purpose of this award is to recognize graduate students for outstanding research accomplishments as documented in their theses and dissertations. These students are also expected to be academically superior and able to not only do research, but develop a well written product. The intent of this program is to recognize “the best of the best” graduating students who have submitted theses and dissertations. While a Master of Agricultural Education student, Ms. Clark was the Research Assistant to Dr. Thomas H. Paulsen on the integrated USDA-NIFA funded project An Integrated Approach to Precision Conservation Planning in the South Fork Watershed. In this project she was involved with developing curriculum for secondary agricultural education programs, developing testing protocols, and implementing teacher training.  Ms. Clark’s thesis entitled Analyzing Agricultural Education Student Teachers’ Critical Thinking Skills through Blogs in an Online Community of Practice provided the foundation for two recently submitted research manuscripts. Congratulations to Taylorann K. Clark for her demonstrated excellence in research by a Master’s degree student.


Andrew ‘OP’ McCubbins received the Iowa State University Graduate College Teaching Excellence Award for the summer of 2015. The purpose of this award is to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement by graduate students in teaching. Mr. McCubbins has served the instructor of AGEDS 450: Farm Management and Operation. A PhD student and instructor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies, Mr. McCubbins has worked to transition AGEDS 450 to a Team-Based Learning (TBL) format to actively engage the ever increasing enrollment in this capstone course. TBL implementation in a capstone course, the focus of Mr. McCubbins’ dissertation, has served as the foundation for several professional development presentations he has given over the past year. Mr. McCubbins has presented at the American Association for Agricultural Education in San Antonio, the Association for International Agriculture and Extension Education in the Netherlands, and at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Conference in Athens, Georgia. Mr. McCubbins plans to graduate in 2016 and will pursue a career in teacher education. Congratulations to Andrew ‘OP’ McCubbins for his demonstrated excellence in teaching by a Ph.D degree student.


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.  

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.