News Release: Washburn selected as next chair for ACEL

Dr. Shannon Washburn has been named the next chair of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. His four-year term will begin July 1, 2020.

In an email to CFAES faculty and staff, Dr. Cathann Kress, dean and vice president for agricultural administration, said “I am excited about the vision Dr. Washburn has for our Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership. I am confident that his leadership will be a great asset for the department and our college.”

Dr. Washburn earned his Ph.D. in agricultural education from the University of Missouri, his M.S. in secondary education with an emphasis in agricultural education from Kansas State University, and a B.S. in agricultural education with a minor in animal science and industry from Kansas State University.

Dr. Washburn is currently the assistant dean for academic programs at Kansas State University where he focuses on policy, student success, faculty development, and curriculum and assessment.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Washburn has held various positions prior to his current role including professor and associate professor of agricultural education at Kansas State, assistant professor of agricultural education at the University of Florida, graduate assistant for agricultural education at the University Missouri. He also served as a secondary education agricultural educator in Kansas and is an accomplished researcher and leader with numbers teaching and advising awards.


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