Robert A Martin

robert a martin

Dr. Robert A. Martin, Professor, Department of Agricultural Education and Studies at Iowa State University, is an agricultural educator with an extensive academic background in teacher and adult education. Prior to his work at Iowa State, Dr. Martin held academic appointments at Purdue University and Pennsylvania State University. He has served as the Chair of the Department for twelve years, the Director of Graduate Education in Agricultural Education and the Coordinator of the AgComm Program (communication-across-the-curriculum) in the College of Agriculture. Dr. Martin teaches courses in presentation methods, adult education, technology transfer, administration and comparative international education. In addition, Dr. Martin has coordinated and directed the Annual Teacher’s Academy on Agricultural Awareness and he currently assists in conducting a series of workshops on biotechnology education offered by Iowa State University.  He coordinates the Secondary Major and Minor in International Agriculture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He conducts research on adult education methods and has conducted numerous workshops focused on understanding the adult learner. His research and teaching interests have included several international adult and extension education projects and experiences in Africa, South East Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Martin has degrees from Purdue University (B.S. & M.S.) and The Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D.).

Selected Publications

  • Ghimire, N. R. & Martin, R. A. (2013). Extension Educator’s Self-assessed Professional Development Needs in Learning Methods. The International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation. Vol. 19.
  • Paulsen, T. H. & Martin, R. A. (2013). Instructional Supervision of Agricultural Education Teachers: Perceptions Regarding Selected Beliefs. Journal of Agricultural Education. Vol. 54, No. 2, Pg. 99-113. DOI: 10.5032/jae.2013.02099
  • Kwaw-Mensah, D. & Martin, R. A. (2013). Perceptions Regarding Selected Educational Strategies Used by Extension Educators. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension. 19:4, 395-406. DOI: 10.1080/1389224.2013.808503.
  • Koundinya, V. & Martin, R. A. (2013). Inservice Needs for Educational Processes Skill training of U.S. Food Safety Extension Education. International Journal of Scientific Research in Education. Vo. 6; Issue 2.
  • Muma, M.; Martin, R.A.; Shelley, M. (2011).  Teacher Beliefs and the Extent to Which Sustainable Agriculture is taught in High School, Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, Vol. 35 (7) 804-822.
  • Ghimire, N. R. & Martin, R. A. (2011). A Professional competency development model: Implications to Extension Educators. Journal of International Agriculture and Extension Education, 18 (2): 5-17.
  • Ghimire, N. R. & Martin, R. A. (2011).  Educational process competencies:  Importance to extension educators.  Educational Research Journals, 1(2):14-22.
  • Ghimire, N. R. & Martin. R. A. (2011).  Learning systems competencies:  Their importance to Extension educators.  International Journal of Learning, Vol. 18 (3) 95-111.
  • Ghimire, N. R. & Martin, R. A. (2011).  Needs assessment competencies: Are they important for Extension educators.  International Journal of Agricultural Management and Development, 1(3): 139-155.
  • Koundinya, V. and Martin, R. A. (2010).  Food Safety Inservice Educational Needs of Agriculture Teachers.  Journal of Agricultural Education.  Vol. 51 (4) 82-91.
  • Muma, M.; Martin, R.A.; Shelley, M.; and Holmes, L. Jr. (2010).  Sustainable Agriculture:  Teacher Beliefs and Topics Taught, Journal of Sustainable Agriculture.  Vol. 34 (4) 439-459.
  • Wolfe, A.; Retallick, M.S.; and Martin, R. (2009).  Agriculture Faculty Perspectives on Undergraduate Mentoring:  Definitions, Practices & Processes.  NACTA Journal.  Vol. 53(3), 44-49.
  • Camara, M., Martin, R., & Kwaw-Mensah, D. (2009).  Water Quality Issues in the North Central Region of U.S.A.:  A Teaching Learning Model.  Journal of Sustainable Agriculture.  Vol. 33(3), pp. 285-302.
  • Wolfe, A., Retallick, M., Martin R. & Steiner, C. (2008).  Mentoring Functions Practiced by Undergraduate Faculty in Agriculture.  Journal of Agricultural Education.  Vol. 49, (3), pp. 99-108.
  • Retallick, M. & Martin, R.A. (2008).  Fifteen Year Enrollment Trends Related to the Three Components of Comprehensive Agricultural Education Programs.  Journal of Agricultural Education .  Vol. 49 (1), pp. 28-38.
  • Van Der Zander, A.M., Haynes, C., Nonnecke, G. & Martin, R.A. (2007).  Attitudes and Perceptions of Participants in a Horticulture Study Abroad Course at Iowa State University.  HORTECHNOLOGY.  Vol. 17 (1), pp. 128-132.
  • Licht, M.A. & Martin, R.A. (2007).  Agricultural Issues of Significance to Iowa Crop Producers and Their Educational Implications.  Journal of Agricultural Education.  Vol. 48, No. 3, pp. 57-67.
  • Licht, M.A. & Martin, R.A. (2007).  Communication Channels Preferences of Corn & Soybean Producers.  Journal of Extension.  Vol. 45 (6), p. 1-11.
  • Licht, M.A. & Martin, R.A. (2006).  Iowa Corn and Soybean Producers’ Use of Communication Channels.  Journal of Applied Communications.  Vol. 90(4), pp. 19-38.
  • Retallick, M.S. & Martin, R.A. (2005).  Economic Impact of Supervised Agricultural Experience in Iowa:  A Trend Study.  Journal of Agricultural Education, Vol. 46, No. 1, p. 44-54.
  • Knobloch, N. & Martin, RA.  (2002).  Characteristics Explaining the Extent of Agricultural Awareness Activities Integrated into the Elementary Curriculum.  Journal of Agricultural Education.  Vol 43, No. 4, p. 12-23.
  • Abaje, K., Martin, R.A., & Williams, D.L.  (2001).  Sustainable Agriculture in the Curriculum: High School Teachers Perceptions.  Journal of Agricultural Education.  Vol. 42, No. 2, p. 38-45.
    Gray, X.C., Martin, R.A., & Williams, D.L.  (2001).  Training Needs of Agriculture Graduates of the EARTH School in Costa Rica.  Journal of International Agricultural & Extension Education.  Vol. 8, No. 1, p. 55-61.
  • Kotile, D. & Martin, R.A.  (2000).  Sustainable Agricultural Practices for Weed Management: Implications to Agricultural Extension Education.  Journal of Sustainable Agriculture.  Vol. 16, No. 2, p. 31-51.
  • Knobloch, N. & Martin, R.A.  (2000).  Agricultural Awareness Activities and Their Integrations into the Curriculum as Perceived by Elementary Teachers.  The Journal of Agricultural Education.  Vol. 41, No. 4, p. 15-26.
  • Ali, H., Martin, R.A., & Williams, D.L.  (2000).  Participatory & Empowerment Methods Used by Peace Corps Volunteers in Developing Programs for Village Women in Africa.  Journal of International Agricultural & Extension Education.  Vol. 7, No. 3, p. 55-60.
  • Dollisso, Awoke & Martin, R.A.  (1999).  Perceptions Regarding Adult Learners Motivation to Participate in Educational Programs.  The Journal of Agriculture Education.  Vol. 40, No. 4.
  • Tritz, J. & Martin, R.A.  (1997).  The Collegiate International Experiences: Criteria for Successful Experience Abroad Program.  Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education.  Vol. 3, No. 4.
  • Sammons, S. & Martin, R.A.  (1997).  Perceptions of Students Regarding Internationalization of the Curriculum in the College of Agriculture.  Journal of International Agricultural & Extension Education.  Vol. 3, No. 3.
Area of Expertise: 
Agricultural Education
B.S. & M.S. from Purdue University
Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University
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