At Washington State University, Agricultural Education research is conducted in a wide array of areas which include practices of preparing secondary high school agriculture teachers, analyzing methods of instruction in both formal and non-formal settings, exploring characteristics of effective educators, the effectiveness of agricultural workshops, and the integration of science into agriculture curriculum. WSU faculty utilize qualitative and quantitative research methods and collaborate with both social and applied scientists.
I have an interest in developing pre-service teacher capability in lesson planning and teaching agricultural mechanics in secondary schools. This includes developing teaching procedures and techniques that promote a safe and organized shop setting.
My courses include demonstration and use of manual machining skills on a lathe and mill. Grinding, cutting, metal preparation, and blueprint reading are part of the machining and welding applications. Introductory welding instruction includes shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc, and oxy-acetylene welding and cutting. I have a special interest in teaching outdoor power equipment maintenance and repair. This includes relevant hands-on training and problem-solving for college students and agricultural educators during in-service trainings.