AEDE Chair Candidate Seminars

The search committee for the chair of the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics announced the dates and times for the candidate seminars. They are:

Oct. 31    Dr. Gerald Shively
Nov. 5     Dr. Terry Hurley
Nov. 27   Dr. Sandra Hoffmann

All three seminars will be in Ag Admin 250A and will be from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Craig Gundersen, also a candidate, had his seminar last week.

Click here for more information about the position.

Smart Campus Challenge for Students

As part of its annual academic investment program, the Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) will fund the Smart Campus Challenge, a venture capitalist-style student sustainability competition in February 2019.

Student teams who advance through an initial proposal process will have the opportunity to pitch campus sustainability projects to a committee of Ohio State faculty, staff, alumni and ENGIE program managers for the chance to get their dream project funded.

“Each of us plays an essential role in the innovation of tomorrow,” said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu. “By working together, we can accelerate innovation and the implementation of projects with widespread impact. We look forward to engaging with students on their ideas to imagine new possibilities and drive solutions to make Ohio State’s campus a model for others to follow.”

The student sustainability competition aims to connect student talents to sustainability innovation by funding projects that enhance its campus’ resource efficiency and environmental performance.

More information is available on the OSEP website. Please share this opportunity with your students.

Proposals for the competition are due Dec. 7, 2018. All proposals must be submitted to the OSEP website. Click here for more information on the Smart Campus Challenge and to submit a proposal.


Agriculture and Policy Outlook Conference

Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
The Ohio State University
November 2, 2018
Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center

8:30 a.m. –  Registration

9:00 a.m. –  Welcome and Introductions: Tim Haab, Department Chair

9:30 a.m. –  Barry Ward, Director, OSU Extension Income Tax School: “Farm Input Outlook”

10:45 a.m. –  Ben Brown, Farm Management: “Commodity Outlook- South America Focus”

11:30 a.m. –  Ian Sheldon, Professor and Andersons Chair of Agricultural Marketing, Trade, and Policy: “Trade and Policy”

12:15 p.m. –  Lunch

1:00 p.m. –  Comments from Cathann Kress, Dean, and Gary Pierzynski, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

1:15 p.m. –  Carl Zulauf, Professor Emeritus, Fred Yoder, Yoder Ag Services, and Kevin Elder, Producer: Agricultural Policy Panel

2:00 p.m. –  Chris Hurt, Professor, Purdue University, Agricultural Economics: “U.S. Livestock Outlook”

2:45 p.m. –  Ani Katchova, Farm Income Enhancement Program Chair: “Ohio Financial Conditions and Outlook”

3:30 p.m. –   Concluding Thoughts

Register for in-person or webinar attendance.

Once you register for the webinar, use this link to join:

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Still Time for Your Students to Register for SmartAg4.0

Please continue to push registration for SmartAg4.0 to all your undergraduate and graduate students! Students can continue to register through the day-of the event!

SmartAg4.0 2018
Sept. 28-29, 2018

Where your revolutionary ideas build the future of farming! SmartAg4.0 is a competition for students who are passionate about revolutionizing the future of food system through technology and innovation. This year SmartAg4.0 will focus on the dairy industry with four domain topics to choose from: sustainable nutrition, sensors & smart packaging, internet of things, and blockchain. Form your team and compete against your peers in this 24-hour “hack-a-thon” style event, to pitch the best idea! Over $5,000 in prizes available! Learn more and register at

8th Annual ArboBlitz

The 8th annual ArboBlitz tree planting event, a service learning event for students, faculty and staff, will take place on the west side of the Ag Admin Building, along both sides of Fyffe Road between Lane Avenue and Woody Hayes Drive.

Currently, we are removing some of the concrete to visually enhance Fyffe Road, which will increase green space. As part of ArboBlitz, we will install 20-25 native trees, and remove three invasive Callery Pears.

ArboBlitz will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, 1-4 p.m. We are hoping that students from CFAES and the University’s STEP program will join us to plant a tree and leave a living legacy on our campus.

Lunch and Learn Session on iPads

The CFAES eTeam would like to announce a Lunch and Learn series this semester where we will touch on various topics of using technology in online and face-to-face classes and extension events.  All Lunch and Learn sessions will be delivered via zoom so you can participate from a location that best suits you and your schedule.  We will also record sessions for later viewing.

Most sessions will have opportunities for you to practice the tool or approach that the speaker is presenting on. Everyone is welcome to attend – faculty, staff, students, etc. Contact Deana Namuth-Covert with any questions you may have. We will be kick starting the series on Thursday, Sept 20 from noon – 1 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone) with:

iPads 101 – Using Noteability and Explain Everything for Online and Face-to-Face Classes and Professional Development Trainings
Do you want to look cool to all of your students? Do you want to learn about the latest apps used in education? If so, then come to our session on Notability and Explain Everything. Notability is a powerful note taking app in which you can combine handwriting, photos, typing, videos, and other materials to bring your notes to life. It also allows you to add and annotate PDFs, PowerPoint slides and other materials you utilize in your courses or for your work. Explain Everything is an interactive whiteboard where people can collaborate, share and create interactive presentations. It is an easy-to-use tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.

Notability will be presented by Abigail Burkey, who is a librarian at Ohio State ATI. Explain Everything will be presented by Valerie Childress, who is an instructional design specialist at Ohio State ATI.

Zoom Information for CFAES eTeam Lunch and Learn Series:
Sept. 20, 2018
Noon – 1 p.m., Eastern

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
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Junior Faculty Development Conference

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and Dean Kress are excited to announce a new opportunity for Assistant Professors. On Thursday, Sept. 27, please join us for the CFAES Junior Faculty Development Conference – for Assistant Professors ONLY!

This event will replace the monthly First Tuesdays meetings and provide an opportunity for assistant professors (tenure-track, clinical or professional practice, and research assistant professors) to ask questions and network with their peers.

The event will include a message from Dean Kress, faculty networking, and concurrent learning sessions relating to a variety of topics. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided, and the event will be followed by a networking happy hour. Attendees will also receive resource packets, CFAES swag, and have a chance to win an iPad! For more information, please see the attached agenda.

CFAES Junior Faculty Development Conference Schedule

Date: Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Refreshments and lunch will be provided)
Location: The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center

Transportation from Wooster to Columbus will be provided. For those attending from other locations, the Dean’s Office will provide mileage reimbursement.

Click here to RSVP.

Please direct any questions to Joshua Hayes.

Affordable Learning Exchange

The RFP is now open for Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX) grants! ALX is a cross-campus partnership between the Office of Distance Education and eLearning, University Libraries, Undergraduate Student Government, and the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Our mission is to reduce the cost of textbooks and other course materials at Ohio State by advocating for open educational resources and other low-cost alternatives. These goals are directly in line with President Drake’s 2020 Vision. We have already funded 48 projects and are on track to save students $10M by 2020.

Grant award amounts range from $1,000-$24,000 per project. We are looking for projects of all sizes, from high-enrollment GE courses to small seminars and everything in between. Our goal is to continue to support the excellent and innovative teaching and learning practices of our faculty, while providing significant savings for our students in the process. Award amounts are flexible based on a project’s needs, and there are varying levels of support available. Grants may require matching funds from your department.

This first phase of the application process will remain open throughout Sept. 12, and is meant to simply collect your ideas. All you need to supply is some basic information and we’ll be in touch to help you through the next phase, where you’ll complete the full proposal.

Proposals can be submitted on the website.

Digital Flagship Resources

The Digital Flagship website provides a variety of resources for faculty and staff interested in enhancing their instruction with technology, creating apps and more. The site also includes a growing FAQ section, full list of apps loaded on student iPads and video tutorials. The university will be releasing new resources throughout the semester, so check back often.

Click here to access the website.

Refrigerated Foods Association Fall Symposium

The Food Industries Center in collaboration with the Departments of Food Science and Technology and Animal Sciences will be hosting part of the activities of the Refrigerated Foods Association Annual Symposium. The symposium will take place in Columbus Sept. 24-26.

Dr. Valente Alvarez, director of the Food Industries Center, will give a keynote presentation as part of the program.

Fall Symposium

Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation Request for Testimony

The Office of Educator Preparation at The Ohio State University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on Dec. 2-4, 2018. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments. Programs are in the colleges of Education and Human Ecology, Arts and Sciences, Social Work, and Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party’s relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to:

Such comments must be submitted by Oct. 21, 2018, and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence:

  • Educator preparation programs provide evidence teacher candidates know the subject matter, connect theory to practice, and positively impact P-12 student learning.
  • A professional education provider is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.

Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.

Graduating Senior Luncheon

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Academic Programs Office will be congratulating its graduating seniors prior to Summer Commencement at the Graduating Senior Luncheon. The luncheon will include a short program. This is also a time to wish the graduates well and to welcome them as alumni.

The 2018 Summer Graduating Senior Luncheon is planned for Sunday, August 5 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the FAES Library-Student Success Center.

If you plan to attend the luncheon, please RSVP to Susie Sheller by noon on Friday, July 27, 2018.

Open Faculty Position – AEDE

The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) at The Ohio State University seeks an associate or full professor with teaching, research, and outreach/extension responsibilities in agricultural economics and policy.  Applicants should have teaching and research interests related to U.S. and other countries’ agricultural policies, and the ability to explain the impacts of these policies to local, state, national and international audiences.

The appointee will have an academic year (9 month) appointment with competitive salary and benefits package and is expected to develop and maintain a world-class research program in their field of inquiry, and teach the equivalent of two to three classes in our undergraduate, masters, and/or PhD programs.  The appointee is also expected to develop a visible outreach/extension program focused on explaining the impacts of agricultural policies to local, state, national, and international audiences.

Applicants must possess a PhD in agricultural economics, applied economics, economics, or related field and have an academic record sufficient to obtain tenure in AEDE.

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received before August 15, 2018, will receive priority consideration. Complete applications include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, and the names of three references.

Applications materials should be submitted to the Agricultural Economics Search Committee Co-Chairs at Questions about the position can be directed to either Brian Roe ( 614-688-5777) or Ian Sheldon ( 614-292-2194).