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Melanie Miller Foster

  • Assistant Professor of International Agriculture
Melanie Miller Foster
106 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-867-3831
Fax: 814-865-3055

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Education

2009        Doctor of Philosophy, The Ohio State University, Rural Sociology 
2007        Master of Science, The Ohio State University, Rural Sociology
2002        Bachelor of Science, North Dakota State University, Agricultural Science

Bio

Dr. Melanie Miller Foster currently serves as Assistant Professor of International Agriculture in the Office of International Programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University. She is responsible for leadership of the dual-title graduate degree program in International Agriculture and Development where she advises all enrollees and instructs the foundational course of the program.  In addition, Dr. Miller Foster lends vision to the Spanish for Agriculture Program and provides instructional assistance in several courses to help incorporate global perspectives. She is the Global Learning Specialist for the Global Teach Ag! initiative in the Center for Professional Personnel Development for school-based agricultural education.  Dr. Miller Foster’s research program is active with a focus on global competency, global learning and transformative learning experiences, with active programs in Latin America and Asia.  Dr. Miller Foster has a passion for helping students, instructors and programs tell their story of global impact by expanding digital literacy in participants through engagement in multiple social media platforms.

Select Publications

Miller Foster, M. J., Foster D. D., Thoron A., & Barrick R. K. (2015).  A case study in Do –It-Yourself Projects: Utilizing learning contracts to facilitate global learning in agriculture. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal, 59(4).

Sankey Rice, L. L., Foster, D. D., Miller Foster, M. J., & Barrick, R. K. (2014).  Discovering global competencies of agriculture education students through reflective journaling.  North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal, 58(4), 324-329.

Foster, D. D., Miller Foster, M. J., Rice, Sankey, L. L., & Barrick, R. K. (2014). Preparing agricultural educators for the world: Describing global competency in agricultural teacher candidates.  Journal of Agricultural Education, 55(1), 51–64.

Miller, M. J., & Mariola, M. J. (2009).  The discontinuance of environmental technologies in the humid tropics of Costa Rica: Results from a qualitative survey.  Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 16(1), 31-42.

Miller, M. J., Mariola, M. J., & Hansen. D. O. (2008).  EARTH to farmers: Extension and the difficulsion of environmental technologies in the humid tropics of Costa Rica.  Ecological Engineering, 34(4), 349-357.

Select Teaching Experience

AEE 400 – Education in Agriculture in Developing Countries
AEE 499A/B – Global School-Based Agricultural Education
INTAG 199 – Be a Master Student: Global Agriculture
CED 499B – Local Economic Development in the Yeguare Valley, Honduras
INTAD 820 – International Agriculture and Development Seminar
INTAG 499 A/B – Spanish for the Agricultural Sciences