Scholars honored at ag education conference

Posted: June 2, 2010

Several scholars representing Penn State's Department of Agricultural and Extension Education were recognized at the recent National Agricultural Education Research Conference, hosted by the American Association for Agricultural Education in Omaha, Neb.

Tracy Hoover, professor and department head, was selected as an AAAE Fellow. This prestigious award has been granted to only 32 individuals in the history of the organization. The Fellow award recognizes members of the association who have made exceptional contributions to the profession, who have between 10 and 20 years of active service at the university level, and who show great promise for continued contributions.
Rama Radhakrishna, professor of agricultural and extension education, received the Distinguished Research Award. This award recognizes an AAAE member for outstanding research accomplishments that have significantly impacted the knowledge base and/or professional practice in agricultural education.
John Ewing, assistant professor of agricultural and extension education, was selected as one of the Outstanding Authors of the Year in the Journal of Agricultural Education for an article he co-authored with Susie Whittington of Ohio State University titled "Describing the Cognitive Level of Professor Discourse and Student Cognition in College of Agriculture Class Sessions."
Ayla Detwiler was one of only two undergraduates presenting research at the conference. Despite a poster acceptance rate of just 43 percent, Detwiler had two posters accepted. She presented a research poster titled "Desired Characteristics of Beginning Agricultural Education Instructors as Perceived by School Administrators" and an innovative ideas poster titled "Recruiting by Doing: Utilizing Existing Undergraduate Student Organizations to Facilitate Secondary Student Recruitment in Agricultural Teacher Education."