Light defends dissertation

Join us in congratulating Dr. Mark Light on the successful defense of his dissertation “Exploring the Adaptability of County 4-H Professionals to an All-Digital Work Setting During COVID-19 Based on Selected Variables and Their Relationship to Change Style Preferences.”

Light will graduate in May with a doctorate in agricultural communication, education, and leadership. His advisor was Dr. Jeff King, associate professor of community leadership, and committee members were Dr. Caryn Filson, assistant professor of agriscience education, Dr. Jerry Thomas, associate professor of community leadership, and Dr. Erdal Ozkan, professor of agricultural engineering in the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering.


ACEL Graduate Student Spotlight: DaVonti’ Haynes


DaVonti’ D. Haynes
Detroit, Michigan

DaVonti’ Haynes is a PhD student in agricultural communication, education, and leadership with a specialty in community and extension education and a minor in public policy management. He has a research appointment with OSU Extension.

Hey DaVonti’! What is the dissertation research topic? College access and student success for urban and Appalachian youth.

What are your career goals and why did you choose an ACEL area of study? Career goal is to work within the higher education arena supporting underrepresented and underserved youth in their collegiate pursuits. I chose ACEL because it provides me with a foundation and opportunity to explore and enhancing upon my academic, personal and career objectives.

Why did you choose Ohio State? My experience and time at Ohio State has been nothing short of life changing. I ultimately chose to continue my education as a Buckeye because Ohio State’s faculty, staff, students, and culture were very instrumental in helping me discover and pursue my passion. But for Ohio State, I would not be the person I am today. For me being a Buckeye goes beyond cheering for and supporting our athletic teams, it’s about cheering and supporting all Buckeyes, and that’s what I received during my time at Ohio State and that’s why I chose to be a Buckeye, not once, but three times.

What do you love about Ohio State? I love the breadth of Ohio State. No matter what you want to do, there’s something here for you.

Wilson named Presidential Fellow

Kelly Wilson, a PhD student studying agricultural and extension education was named a 2018 Presidential Fellow by The Ohio State University Graduate School.

The Presidential Fellowship is the most prestigious award given by the Graduate School to recognize the outstanding scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project.

Congratulations Kelly!