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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 Graduating Students recieve CALS Council Awards

Two graduating seniors from the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies were honored at CALS convocation on Saturday, December 19.  Haley Banwart (Agriculture & Life Sciences Education - Communications) received the Leadership. Excellence Award.  Haley is from West Bend, Iowa.

Megan Talley (Double major in Agriculture & Life Sciences Education and Dairy Science) received the Outstanding Senior Award.  Megan is from Marion, Iowa.  

Haley and Megan will be continuing their education at Iowa State as students in the Agricultural Education Master of Science program.  

Congratulations to Haley and Megan!


AGEDS Faculty, Graduate Students and Alumni featured in recent article


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.

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.

Last updated October 9, 2015