Human Dimensions examines the attitudes, behaviors, connections, engagement, and responses of people in relation to natural environments as well as agricultural and food systems. It is often interdisciplinary and integrates research, education, and outreach. Agricultural producers, educators, policy makers, environmental managers, and other stakeholders benefit from Human Dimensions work.
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.
My research interests are related to the integration of science into agriculture curriculum, the effectiveness of different teaching methods, the retention and recruitment of teachers, and the preparation of both secondary and post-secondary teachers.
I specialize in the sociology of agriculture and food systems. My research focuses primarily on agricultural knowledge, science, and technology. I am interested in the sources of agricultural knowledge; the adoption and diffusion of agricultural innovations; and the ways in which agricultural beliefs, choices, and practices affect community well-being, sustainability, rural quality of life, food security, and the environment.