Meet Our Faculty: Dr. Caryn Filson

Growing up in a home centered around agriculture, it’s no wonder that Dr. Caryn Filson is now a lecturer in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State. Dr. Filson got her start in agriculture living on a hog and grain farm in Harrison, Ohio where she spent her childhood actively showing steers, hogs and lambs in 4-H.

She graduated from Diamond Oaks Career and Technical Center in an equine science program, then proceeded to earn her bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees all from Ohio State in agricultural education. Before returning to Ohio State as a lecturer, Dr. Filson taught middle school agriscience and earth science classes in Virginia for three years.

Aside from spending time with her two boys, Grady and Jasper, Dr. Filson also has an affinity for rescuing animals including two rescue dogs, Tanner and Josie, as well as two rescued bunnies from OSU animal research, Buckeye and Blitz. In her spare time, Dr. Filson loves to garden, work with livestock, go to outdoor country concerts, visit the beach, and travel to see family and friends across the state.

When asked what her “fun fact” is, it included her siblings. Three of the four siblings in her family all graduated with college degrees across the country in the same weekend. Her younger brother from Oklahoma State with his bachelor’s, her older sister from the University of Cincinnati with her master’s, and then Caryn from Ohio State with her PhD. The most impressive part? Her parents and older brother made it to all three graduations that weekend!


Dr. Filson and son Jasper




Sons Grady (5) and Jasper (2)



Grady hanging out with the hogs.


Dr. Filson can be contacted via email at

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