Graduate Student Spotlight: Mark Light


Mark Light is a current Ph.D. student studying agricultural communication, education, and leadership. He received a bachelor’s in civil engineering at Ohio Northern University and a master’s in college student personnel at Bowling Green State University.

He is from Ada, Ohio and is currently a full-time 4-H educator in Hardin County and area leader supervisor. In the future he shared that, “My goal is to be a state specialist in Extension and perhaps teach in ACEL.”

“I chose ACEL (for a PhD) because it matches my current career path in Extension… and also because my dad and mom both have a degree from Ohio State.” Mark also shared that the flexibility with online courses has helped him pursue his Ph.D. while living one and a half hours from campus.

As a student in ACEL, Mark’s area of focus is in educational technology and his thesis explores the work-home boundaries of 4-H educators who use personally owned devices to connect with audiences, both internal and external, outside standard office hours.

“Being able to grow and learn more about the profession I am in as a Buckeye is what I love most about Ohio State and ACEL.”




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