Nancy Grudens-Schuck

Associate Professor
Dr. Nancy Grudens-Schuck


70% teaching and advising
30% research and extension


  • AgEdS 311: Presentation Strategies 

Utilizing instructional methods, techniques, and problem solving, presentation and sales strategies with agricultural audiences.

  • 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.

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. Available at

Whitehair, R. & Grudens-Schuck, N. (2017). Prairie strips consultant educational needs assessment: 2017 survey. Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Agricultural Education and Studies.

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:

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.

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 [On-line], 54(3) Article 3FEA3. Available at:

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 [On-line], 49(6) Article 6RIB8. Available at:

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 [On-line], 49(4) Article Number 4FEA7. Available at: 

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 [On-line], 44(3) Article 3TOT4. Available at  

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:  

Allen, B. L., Grudens-Schuck, N., & Larson, K. (2004). Good intentions, muddled methods: Focus groups and quality. Journal of Extension, 42(4). Retrieved August 31, 2004 from

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

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

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:

Grudens-Schuck, N., Cramer, J., Exner, D., & Shour, M. (2003). The new adult education: Bringing peer educators up to speed. Journal of Extension [On-line], 41(4) Article 4FEA2. Available at:

McIntyre, J., & Grudens-Schuck, N. (2004). Research in adult education and training. In G. Foley (ed.), Understanding adult education and training (3rd edition), 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.

Grudens-Schuck, N. (2003). Public Issues Education projects: Meeting the evaluation challenges. Journal of Extension [On-line], 41(1) Article 1TOT1. Available at: 

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:

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:

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: 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
Ph.D. (1998) Cornell University
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