Eleven graduate students defend projects, research

April 30, 2024

The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership had 10 graduate students successfully defend their project, thesis or dissertations during the 2024 Spring Semester. 

Students completing a master's project:

Edyliese Aquino; The Many Hats an Ag Teacher Wears; Advised by Dr. Kellie Claflin

Sara Moya; Trowel & Error: An Evaluative Case Study of a Community Garden’s “Green Teens” Program; Advised by Dr. Mary Rodriguez 

Taylor Stevens Runyon; Warren County 4-H Market Livestock Peer Mentorship Program. She was advised by Dr. Brian Raison.

Benard Walumbe; Program Review: Farm on OSU Farm Financial Management Course; advised by Dr. Mary Rodriguez 

Student's completing a master's theseis:

Lindsay Naumann-Montoya; The Role of NGOs and How They Engage with a Post-Conflict Community and Leverage Community Capitals: A Multiple Case Study in Vereda Granizal, Colombia; Advised by Dr. Mary Rodriguez

Will Robinson; Pandemic-time shifts in food purchasing behavior through the lens of Social Exchange Theory and Social Norms; Advised by Dr. Joy Rumble

Nicole Volk; Redefining Agritourism with Bourbon Tourism in Mind: A Case Study of Bourbon Distilleries and Employee Perspectives.; Advised by Dr. Annie Specht

PH.D students completing their dissertation:

Stephanie Jolliff; Illuminating Pathways: A Qualitative Exploration of Motivation and Preferences in Teacher Professional Development Among Alternatively Certified SBAE Teachers in Ohio; Advised by Dr. Tracy Kitchel and co-advised by Dr. Amanda Bowling 

Tim Ray; How Oregon Community College Career and Technical Education Administrators conceptualize the integration of Professional skills attainment of their students; Advised by Dr. Susie Whittington and co-advisor Dr. Tracy Kitchel

Erica Summerfield; The Influence of Agricultural Safety Framing on High School Students’ Behavioral Intent: An Exploratory Mixed Method Study; Advised by Dr. Annie Specht and co-advised by Dr. Dee Jepsen 

Students in the ACEL graduate program at Ohio State may specialize in agricultural communication, agricultural education, community and extension education, international development, or leadership. The agricultural communication, education, and leadership graduate program offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science, Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. The Doctor of Philosophy degree prepares students for careers as administrators, specialists, university faculty and researchers.