News Release: Claflin hired as assistant professor of agriscience education at Ohio State

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The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) at The Ohio State University is pleased to share that Dr. Kellie Claflin will join our department as an assistant professor in agriscience education.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Claflin to our agriscience education faculty at Ohio State,” said Dr. Shannon Washburn, professor and chair of ACEL. “Her experiences as an educator will be beneficial to the continual growth of our undergraduate and graduate programing and development of future educators and leaders.”

In this new role within the department, Claflin will hold a 65% teaching, 25% research and 10% extension position. She will be responsible for teaching face-to-face and online courses that support agriscience education students and graduate courses that serve students across the ACEL M.S. and Ph.D. curricula and represent the department in creating, with Ohio Team Ag Ed, a focused statewide plan for professional development opportunities targeting school-based agriscience education teachers.

“It’s a great honor to join the faculty in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership at The Ohio State University,” said Claflin. “I can’t wait to connect with the students at Ohio State, agriscience educators across the state of Ohio, and faculty and staff both in Columbus and Wooster.”

Claflin received a bachelor of science in agricultural education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and master of science and doctorate degrees in agricultural education from Oregon State University. She taught middle and high school agriscience for five years in Wisconsin and most recently served as an assistant professor at Virginia Tech in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education.

The agriscience education program at Ohio State prepares its students to acquire a license to teach agricultural science in middle and high schools in Ohio and across the country, with extensive training in agricultural science, educational psychology, instructional methods, and youth development.

For additional information on the agriscience education undergraduate and graduate programs, or to contribute to the development of students, visit acel.osu.edu or call 614.247.6358.

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Roth to serve as treasurer for CFAES Student Council

Matthew Roth, a junior studying agriscience education, will serve as treasurer of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences’ Student Council for the 2021-2022 academic year.

As treasurer, Roth will be responsible for keeping accurate record of receipts and disbursements of Council funds, pay all of Council’s bills and prepare an annual budget. He will also be responsible for the management of the Farm Science Review refreshment stands and serve as chair of the fundraising committee.

News Release: Filson named recipient of university distinguished teaching award

Dr. Caryn Filson, assistant professor of agriscience education, received Ohio State’s 2021 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. This announcement came during the annual retreat for the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) and was presented when Provost Bruce McPheron, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Dean Cathann A. Kress and colleagues made a surprise visit to the virtual meeting.

The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching annually recognizes no more than 10 faculty members across the university for their teaching excellence. Students, faculty, and alumni may nominate faculty; and a committee of students, previous recipients, and alumni choose the recipients. Filson was nominated by multiple agriscience education students for her outstanding teaching.

A three-time graduate of Ohio State’s agricultural education program, Filson joined the ACEL faculty in 2014. In her role, Filson teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on campus and at a distance, coordinates and assess field experience placements for the agriscience education program, facilitates program efforts to meet university teacher licensure accreditation and manages initial licensure requirements for the preservice agriscience education program.

“Our department, and especially our students, are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Filson as an instructor and mentor,” said Dr. Shannon Washburn, professor and chair of ACEL. “Students are consistently praising her as a teacher, which is important as she helps prepare dozens of students each year to be middle school and high school agriscience teachers.”

Filson has taught a variety of classes within the major including graduate research methods, theories of learning and cognition, leading through historical perspectives, evaluation in agriscience education, methods of teaching agriscience education, contextual learning in agriscience education and exploration in agricultural communication, education, and leadership.

In her award nomination, a student nominator said “she combines her years as an agriscience teacher, professor, and student into one perspective that she shares with her students to provide background knowledge, new ideas, and incite thought-provoking questions. Her teaching technique is impeccable. She efficiently utilizes Lev Vygotsky’s theory of Zone of Proximal Development for her students, challenging them while providing assistance and resources to achieve their definition of success.”

Another student nominator said, “Dr. Filson is always looking for ways to tailor her lessons more towards her students by asking for recommendations, looking for critiques, and striking up hallway conversations. This has created a learning space that is not only comfortable but productive and truly inspires learning.”

Filson will receive a monetary gift from The Ohio State University Alumni Association, University Advancement and the Office of Academic Affairs. She will also be inducted into the Academy of Teaching.

ACEL prepares communicators, educators and leaders in the food, agricultural, and environmental sciences to integrate research-based learning, practice and engagement, in ways that will advance positive changes that strengthen individuals, families and communities. For more information on the academic programs and research available in ACEL, please visit acel.osu.edu.

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2022 Student Teacher Placements Announced

Our agriscience education students who will be completing their student teaching experiences in 2022 found out their placements recently.
 
These students have the opportunity to connect with their cooperating educators and future students throughout the summer to see the variety of responsibilities held by an agricultural educator and will spend the first few days of the academic year in their high school classrooms as well, before returning to Columbus to complete their final semester on campus. Starting in January 2022, they will return to their cooperating schools to complete 14 weeks of student teaching.
Student teaching placements for 2022 include:
Gabby Adair, Mt. Vernon High School with Stephanie Plumly
Maryellen Bliss, Westfall High School with Rachel Scior
Dakota Brame, Logan High School with Andrew DeLong
Courtney Cooper, Urbana High School with Steve Wilhelm
Madeline Elfrink, Utica High School with Gina Neff
Ashley Garlick, Liberty Center High School with Brandon Readshaw
Troy Elwer, Mechanicsburg High School with Cole Riddle
Sophie Hoelscher, New Breman High School with Maria Homan
Colleen Kreais, Gibsonburg High School with Mark White
Jasmine Mabry, Buckeye Valley High School with Alex Zimmer
Nicole McMullen, Toledo Science Center with Natalie Cook
Kristen Oliver, Fredericktown High School with Deb Burden
Alexa Rednour, Versailles High School with Dena Wuebker
Kendra Risner, Symmes Valley High School with Beth Myers
Dani Schneider, Madison Plains High School with Shelby Balint
Hannah Skinner, McClain High School with Chris Fitzpatrick
Leeann Trippett, Norwayne High School with Abbey VanTyne
Chloe Wilson, Fairfield Union High School with Chrissy Balint
Kristen Winstanley, Fort Frye High School with Lisa Lang
We are so excited to watch these students grow over the next year!

McLain defends master’s thesis

Congratulations to Summer McLain on the successful defense of her master’s thesis “Ohio FFA State Officer Experiences with Mental Health Topics in Ohio Agricultural Education Programs.”

McLain will graduate in May with a master of science in agricultural communication, education, and leadership.

Dr. Jera Niewoehner-Green, assistant professor of community leadership, served as her advisor and Dr. Caryn Filson, assistant professor of agriscience education, served on her committee.

Casey defends master’s thesis

Congratulations to Ty Casey on the successful defense of his master’s thesis “Strategies of Motivation Teachers Can Learn from Coaches.”

Casey will graduate in May with a master of science in agricultural communication, education, and leadership.

Dr. Amanda Bowling, assistant professor of agriscience education, and Dr. Tracy Kitchel, professor of agriscience education and senior associate dean and director of faculty and staff affairs for CFAES, served as his co-advisors.

 

Rodriguez elected as president-elected of AIAEE

Dr. Mary Rodriguez, assistant professor of community leadership, has been elected president-elect of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE) for 2021-2022.

She will take over leadership of the organization at the 2022 annual conference, which is scheduled to be held in Thessaloniki, Greece in April 2022.

AIAEE is a professional organization for agricultural and extension educators who share a common goal of strengthening agricultural and extension education programs and institutions worldwide.

Rodriguez, an alum of Texas A&M University ( BS ’08) and the University of Florida (MS ’10, PhD ’15), joined our faculty in 2015.

VanTyne defends master’s thesis

Congratulations to Abbey VanTyne on the successful defense of her master’s thesis, “Exploring Identity Development Among Preservice Agriscience Teachers During an Early Field Experience.”

VanTyne will graduate in May with a master of science in agricultural communication, education, and leadership.

Dr. Caryn Filson, assistant professor of agriscience education, served as her advisor and Dr. Tracy Kitchel, professor of agriscience education and senior associate dean and director of faculty and staff affairs for CFAES, served as her committee member.

VanTyne is an agricultural educator at Norwayne High School in Creston, Ohio. She is a 2016 graduate of Ohio State where she earned a bachelor of science in agriscience education.

Congratulations Abbey!!!

Adderly defends master’s thesis

Congratulations to Eboni Adderley on the successful defense of her Master’s thesis “Appraisal of Backyard Gardening Intentions Among Residents on the Islands of New Providence and Grand Bahama.”

Adderley will graduate in May with a master of science in agricultural communication, education, and leadership.

Dr. Mary Rodriguez, assistant professor of community leadership, served as her advisor and Dr. Amanda Bowling, assistant professor of agriscience education, was her committee member.

 

Sword defends master’s project

Congratulations to Amy Sword on the successful defense of her master’s project “STEM Curriculum Best Practices in Selected Middle Schools.”

Amy will graduate in May with a master of science degree in agricultural communication, education, and leadership.

Dr. Jeff King, associate professor of community leadership, served as her advisor, and Dr. Emily Buck, professor of agricultural communication, served as her committee member.