Dr. Nancy Grudens-Schuck

Associate Professor
dr. nancy grudens-schuck


70% teaching and advising
30% research and extension


  • AgEdS 414Developing Agricultural Education Programs in Non-Formal Settings

Basic concepts in planning, conducting, and evaluating educational programs in non-formal settings. Includes programming for youth and adults in Extension, agricultural industry, and related agencies.

  • AgEdS 524: Program Development and Evaluation in Agricultural and Extension Education 

​​Theories and practice of program planning for nonformal education. Addresses use of program logic modeling and considers critical theories of planning to address power and interests in program development, needs assessment, and evaluation.

  • AgEdS 568x: Qualitative Interviews and Analysis

Understanding the role of interviews in agricultural education research, basis for theory of meaning, and variations of interview technique among qualitative traditions. Development of facilitation technique for individual interviews; and focus groups. Transcription and basic qualitative analysis. Use of interview findings to prepare manuscripts.

Research and Extension

My focus area is evaluation systems for teaching and learning within the context of agricultural education-construed broadly. My specialty areas for methodology are qualitative program evaluation, participatory evaluation, and participatory action research. I work within the contexts of sustainable agriculture and democratic, community-based approaches to natural resource management.

Whitehair, R., & Grudens-Schuck, N. (2018).“Become a prairie strips consultant” three part program. Poster presented at the STRIPS Cooperator’s Meeting, Armstrong ISU Experiment Station, July 16, 2018."

Sirajuddin, Z., & Grudens-Schuck, N. (2017). Public participation in agriculture and natural resource management projects in South and Southeast Asia: A Literature Review. Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development, 14(1), 107-118. http://ajad.searca.org/read-articles/13-view-article?aid=685

Whitehair, R. & Grudens-Schuck, N. (2017). Prairie strips consultant educational needs assessment: 2017 survey. Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Agricultural Education and Studies. https://www.ageds.iastate.edu/files/page/files/NeedsAssessJune2017.pdf

Grudens-Schuck, N., Helmers, M. J., Youngquist, T. D., & Johnson, M. S. (2017). Prairie strips for nutrient control and biodiversity. Journal of Extension, 55(1) Article ITOT6. Available at: https://www.joe.org/joe/2017february/tt6.php

Grudens-Schuck, N., Skopek, M., & Sirajuddin, Z. (2017). Learning from Iowa’s premier citizen science program: Can citizen science contribute to partnership-building? Presented at the 11th Annual Iowa Water Conference, March 22, 2017. Iowa State University, Iowa Water Center, Ames, IA.  https://www.ageds.iastate.edu/files/page/files/Grudensschuck%20Skopec%20Sirajuddin%20IWC%202017.pdf

Grudens-Schuck, N., & Sirajuddin, Z. (2016). Citizen science: Evaluating for civic engagement. Fifth Annual Iowa State University Summer Symposium: Confronting the Challenges of Public Participation in Environmental, Planning, and Health Decision-Making. 3-4 June 2016. 

Polush, E. Yu., Grudens-Schuck, N., Exner, D. N., & Karp, R. (2016). Delphi survey of needs for on-farm research: Forecasting changes in a farm organization. Journal of Extension, 54(3) Article 3FEA3. Available at: https://www.joe.org/joe/2016june/a3.php

Tyndall, J., Grudens-Schuck, N., Harmon, J. D. & Hoff, S. J. (2012). Social approval of the use of the Community Assessment Model for odor dispersal: Results from a citizen survey. Journal of Environmental Management (50)2, 315-328.

Justen, E., Haynes, C., VanDerZanden, A. M., & Grudens-Schuck, N. (2011). Insights from Spanish-speaking employees in the Iowa horticultural industry. Journal of Extension, 49(6), Article 6RIB8. Available at: https://www.joe.org/joe/2011december/rb8.php

Tyndall, J. C., Harmon, J. D., Hoff, S. J., & Grudens-Schuck, N. (2011). The Community Assessment Model for Odor Dispersion (CAM): A program evaluation. Journal of Extension, 49(4), Article Number 4FEA7. Available at: https://www.joe.org/joe/2011august/a7.php 

Knoot, T. G., Schulte,  L. A., Grudens-Schuck, N., & Rickenbach, M. (2009). The changing social landscape in the Midwest: A boon for forestry and bust for oak? Journal of Forestry, 107(5), 260-266.

Knoot, T. G., Grudens-Schuck, N., & Schulte, L. A. (2006). Watershed learning activity: Coming to terms with geographic scale. Journal of Extension, 44(3) Article 3TOT4. Available at https://www.joe.org/joe/2006june/tt4.php  

Trumbull, D. J., Bonney, R., & Grudens-Schuck, N. (2005). Developing materials to promote inquiry: Lessons learned. Science Education, 89 (6), 879-900. DOI 10.1002/sce.20081.  Available at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/sce.20081/epdf  

Allen, B. L., Grudens-Schuck, N., & Larson, K. (2004). Good intentions, muddled methods: Focus groups and quality. Journal of Extension, 42(4). Available at: https://www.joe.org/joe/2004august/tt1.php

Grudens-Schuck, N. (2004, November-December). The magic of unobtrusive measures. Agricultural Education Magazine, 77(3)11-12.

Grudens-Schuck, N., Allen, B. L., & Larson, K. (2004, May). Focus group fundamentals. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Extension. Available at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM1969B.pdf

Larson, K., Grudens-Schuck, N., & Allen, B. L. (2004, May). Can you call it a ‘focus group’? Ames, IA: Iowa State University Extension. Available at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM1969A.pdf

Grudens-Schuck, N. (2004, May). Teacher action research as a worldwide movement. Agricultural Education Magazine, 76(6), 5-7.

Grudens-Schuck, N. (2003, December). No beginners: Teaching participation at the graduate level. Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) Notes, 48, 11-14.

Grudens-Schuck, N. (2003). The rigidity and comfort of habits: A cultural and philosophical analysis of the ups and downs of mainstreaming evaluation. The Mainstreaming of Evaluation, New Directions for Evaluation, 99, 23-32. doi: 10.5032/jae.2001.04001. Available at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ev.91/epdf

Grudens-Schuck, N., Cramer, J., Exner, D., & Shour, M. (2003). The new adult education: Bringing peer educators up to speed. Journal of Extension, 41(4) Article 4FEA2. Available at: https://www.joe.org/joe/2003august/a2.php

McIntyre, J., & Grudens-Schuck, N. (2004). Research in adult education and training. In G. Foley (ed.), Understanding adult education and training (3rd ed.), 167-186. Sydney, AU: Allen and Unwin.

Grudens-Schuck, N., & Kramer, B. A. (2003). [Book review: Land-grant universities and extension into the 21st century: Renegotiating or abandoning a social contract. by George McDowell.] Journal of Agriculture and Human Values, 20(2), 205-208. http://faculty.agecon.vt.edu/mcdowell/book/fulltext.pdf

Grudens-Schuck, N. (2003). Public Issues Education projects: Meeting the evaluation challenges. Journal of Extension, 41(1), Article 1TOT1. Available at: https://www.joe.org/joe/2003february/tt1.php 

Grudens-Schuck, N. Allen, W., Hargrove, T. A., & Kilvington, M. (2003). Renovation of dependency and self-reliance for participatory sustainable development. Journal of Agriculture and Human Values, 20(1), 53-64. Available at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1023/A%3A1022412623083

Grudens-Schuck, N. (2001). Stakeholder effect: A qualitative study of the influence of farm leaders' ideas on a sustainable agriculture education program. Journal of Agricultural Education, 42(4), 1-11. doi: 10.5032/jae.2001.04001. Available at: http://www.jae-online.org/attachments/article/391/42-04-01.pdf

Grudens-Schuck, N. (2000). Farmers' control of program planning for a sustainable agriculture program in Ontario, Canada. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 7(3), 39-46.

Grudens-Schuck, N. (2000). Conflict and engagement: An empirical study of a farmer-extension partnership in a sustainable agriculture program. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 13(1), 79-100.

Deshler, D. & Grudens-Schuck, N. (2000). The politics of knowledge construction. In A.L. Wilson & E.R. Hayes (Eds.). Handbook of adult and continuing education (pp. 592-611). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Grudens-Schuck, N. (2000). A qualitative study of the influence of farm leaders' ideas on a sustainable agriculture education program. Paper presented at 27th National Agricultural Education Research Conference, San Diego, CA.

Area of Expertise: 
Agricultural Education
Extension Education
Program Evaluation
Ph.D. (1998) Cornell University
B.S. (1982) Agriculture Cornell University Honors and Distinction
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