Dr. Scott Smalley

Associate Professor
Teacher Education Coordinator
Scott Smalley

Dr. Scott Smalley, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies at Iowa State University, serves at the agricultural education teacher education coordinator. Prior to joining the faculty at Iowa State, Dr. Smalley was a faculty member at South Dakota State University and a high school agricultural educator.

The focus of his research is on pre-service and in-service teacher preparation and development. Areas of study include early field experience, early and mid-career teachers and teaching and learning in the classroom.



Courses Taught

● AgEdS 211: Early Field Experiences

● AgEdS 310: Foundation of Agricultural Education

● AgEdS 520: Instructional Methods for Adult and Higher Education


Peer Reviewed Publications

Smalley, S. W. & Sands, K. (2018). Perception of Students’ Preparedness for Careers in Agriculture through an FFA Career Development Event. North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture, 62(4),

Foreman, B., Smalley, S. W., & Retallick, M. S. (2018). Factors Influencing Student Decision Two Midwestern land grants. North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture, 62(4),

Wells, K., Smalley, S. W., & Rank, B. D. (2018). Early Field Experience Course Students’ Perceptions of School-based Agricultural Education Laboratory Environments. Journal of Agricultural Education, 59(3), 243-257. doi.org/10.5032/jae.2018.03243

Meder, A., Smalley, S. W., & Retallick, M. S. (2018). Evaluating First Year Agriculture Teachers’ Use of Reflection. Journal of Agricultural Education. Journal of Agricultural Education, 59(2), 289-304. Doi:10.5032/jae.2018.02289

Smith, A. R., & Smalley, S. W. (2018). Job stress, burnout, and professional development needs of mid-career agricultural education teachers. Journal of Agricultural Education, 59(2), 305-320. Doi:10.5032/jae.2018.02305

Smalley, S. W., & Sands, K. (2018). Perceptions of Career and Technical Education by Pre-Service Students. Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2(1), doi.org/10.9741/2578-2118.1025

Foreman, B., Retallick, M. S., & Smalley, S. W. (2018). Changing Demographics in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Students. North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture, 62(2), 161-167.

Marx, A. A., Smith, A. R., Smalley, S. W. & Miller, C. (2017). Previous experience not required: Contextualizing the choice to teach school-based agricultural education. Journal of Agricultural Education, 58(4), 126-142. Doi:10.5032/jae.2017.04126

Smalley, S.W., & Smith, A. R. (2017). Professional Development Needs of Mid-Career Agriculture Teachers. 2017-1374. Journal of Agricultural Education, 58(4), 282-290. Doi:10.5032/jae.2017.04282

Rank, B. D. & Smalley, S. W. (2017). Students’ Perceptions of School-Based Agricultural Education Through an Initial Early Field Experience. Journal of Agricultural Education, 58(3), 310-322.doi: 10.5032/jae.2017.03310.


Area of Expertise: 
Agricultural Education
B.S. Michigan State University, 2001
M.S. Iowa State University, 2006
Ph.D. Iowa State University, 2011
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