Welcome to ACEL!

We are so happy that you are interested in The Ohio State University and the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) graduate program. Our Department strives to live out our college’s mission: We Sustain Life. Through communication, education, and leadership, our faculty, staff, and students are prepared to actively serve communities across the world offering social science expertise to our world’s most pressing food, agricultural, and environmental issues. Work done by our faculty and students integrates education, research, and outreach showcasing our land-grant mindset. Our students and their interests are of the utmost importance to us, and therefore we work hard to invest in our students and help them reach their goals.

Please make your way through our Graduate pages to explore all we have to offer. We would love to have you visit us in person to connect with our faculty and staff.

Graduates of our program obtain roles as agricultural communicators, educators, and leaders who engage in systematic solutions for positive change in their communities. Our students become part of our Buckeye family the moment they step on campus, and that does not end when they graduate. If you are looking to return to Ohio State, or visit us for the first time, please stop in or reach out and experience what it means to be a Buckeye. You won't regret it. Thank you, and, as always, go Bucks!

Dr. Joy Rumble



Joy Rumble, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies


Meet Dr. Rumble!