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

Agricultural Communications Lecture Joins Department

Virginia Hanson, originally from upstate New York comes from an extended family of dairy farmers and participated in 4-H in her hometown of Walton, New York. She interned at Cornell Cooperative Extension as a college undergraduate.  Her agricultural work in the Midwest has included serving as President of the Board of Directors of Wisconsin’s Just Local Food cooperative, which aims to connect people with local farmers and growers.

Hanson will teach Agricultural Communications courses, advise undergraduate students, and serve as an Advisor to Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.  She holds a B. A. in English from the University of New Hampshire (1991) and an M. A. in English from Portland State University (1993).  She has taught secondary English courses in public and private schools, most recently at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota (2007-2009), and various undergraduate English courses, most recently at Globe University-Eau Claire (2013-2014) in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

Virginia M. Hanson
206C Curtiss Hall


NACTA 2014 Participants

NACTA Conference

Several faculty and graduate students from Iowa State University attended the annual meeting of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. The conference was held June 25-28, 2014 on the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman.

Outstanding Mentoring Award

Dr. Robert Martin, Professor of Agricultural Education and Curriculum and Instruction was nominated for and received the 2014 Exemplary Faculty Mentor Award for Outstanding Mentoring provided to junior faculty colleagues.  Dr. Martin received the award for going above and beyond the expectations for a faculty mentor by Provost Jonathan Wickert and Associate Provost Dawn Bratsch-Prince at a special ceremony held on May 7, 2014.  This award program was the inaugural event at ISU in support and recognition of outstanding mentoring.


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