Shoulders earns career award; Johnson named Fellows Chair at Agricultural Education National Meeting
By Robby Edwards
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
University of Arkansas
June 8, 2018
- Kate Shoulders received Outstanding Early Career Award
- Don Johnson elected chair of Academy of American Association for Agricultural Education Fellows
FAYETTEVILLE — Kate Shoulders received the Outstanding Early Career Award, and Don Johnson was elected chair of the Academy of American Association for Agricultural Education Fellows at the organization's recent national meeting in Charleston, South Carolina.
The award and appointment for Shoulders and Johnson, respectively, highlight a list of recognitions earned by a contingent from the University of Arkansas department of agricultural education, communications and technology in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and the U of A System Division of Agriculture.
Shoulders is associate professor of agricultural education, and Johnson professor and coordinator of the Agricultural Systems Technology Management program.
Shoulders, Johnson, University Professor Donna Graham and AECT graduate students presented nine posters and papers at the meeting, which included both national business meetings and the National Agricultural Education Research Conference.
Shoulders, along with Marshall Baker from Oklahoma State University and Brian Myers from the University of Florida, won the Outstanding Innovative Idea poster contest. Their work, "Critical Conversations: Using a Video Podcast to Engage Teachers in Philosophical Discussions about Agricultural Education," was named best of 40 entries.
Shoulders, Johnson and former master's degree student in agricultural and extension education Hailey Gates placed in the top five in the Distinguished Research Manuscript category. Their research, "Methods of Establishing Instrument Validity in Manuscripts Published in the Journal of Agricultural Education between 2007 and 2016," placed in the top five from among 60 manuscripts presented.
Johnson, Shoulders and former associate professor Leslie Edgar also earned a top five showing in the Distinguished Research Manuscript division. Their study, "The Relationship between Student Pre-Entry Attributes and Six-Year Bachelor's Degree Completion," gave Bumpers College and the department two of the top five presentations from the 60 entries.
About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S. senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Media Contact: Fred Miller
U of A Division of Agriculture