New Leader Appointed for Undergraduate Education

Tracy Hoover, professor and head of the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, has been appointed interim associate dean for undergraduate education.

Tracy HooverShe will serve in that post while a national search is conducted to replace J. Marcos Fernandez, who became associate dean and director of academic programs for the College of Agriculture at Purdue University, effective July 1.

“Tracy Hoover’s academic leadership and her rich background as an agricultural educator make her the ideal person to oversee our Office for Undergraduate Education,” says Bruce McPheron, dean of the college. “Under her guidance, the college won’t miss a beat as we continue to enhance the quality of our programs and attract highly qualified students to the agricultural, food, and natural resource sciences.”

A member of the Penn State faculty since 2001, Hoover became department head on an interim basis in July 2004 before her appointment was made permanent in October 2005. She oversaw a department with about 35 faculty and staff, more than 100 undergraduate students, and 40 graduate students.

Hoover has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, advised students, supervised interns in teacher and leadership education, and coordinated the New and Beginning Teacher Program in Agricultural Education. Her research has focused on youth leadership development and teaching and learning.

Hoover has authored or co-authored nearly 40 articles in refereed academic journals, 44 refereed proceedings and presentations, and more than 25 other publications. She is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Association for Agricultural Education and the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.

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