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Myers named Chair of UF/IFAS department of agricultural education and communication

Brian Myers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Brian Myers has been named Chair of the University of Florida’s department of agricultural education and communication. The department, in the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is considered among the country’s best in developing leaders, educators and communicators to meet society’s challenges.

Myers is a professor whose research interests include agriscience, curriculum development, agriscience instructional methods, and the design and delivery of teacher professional development. He has advised more than 35 graduate students, and served on the supervisory committee for dozens more.

“Dr. Myers has dedicated his academic life to agricultural education and communication, and we at the University of Florida, the state and the country benefit from his drive to be a positive influencer to the profession,” said Jack Payne, senior vice president of agriculture and natural resources. “He truly is an asset, and our students, faculty and citizens all reap the rewards of his commitment.”

Myers received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural education from Southern Illinois University. He taught high school agriscience in Illinois for four years before pursuing a doctorate at the University of Florida.

Myers has authored or co-authored more than 100 refereed journal articles and conference papers. As an author or co-author, Myers has received outstanding article or paper presentation awards at the regional or national levels on 18 different occasions.

He is a member of the University of Florida AG-STEM Education Research Laboratory, the American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) Enhancing STEM through Agricultural Education Special Interest Group (SIG), and served as chair of a multi-state research project, S1057: A framework for secondary schools agriscience education programs that emphasizes the STEM content in agriculture.

“My goal has always been to develop passionate educators equipped with the knowledge, skills, and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of students,” Myers said.