Radhakrishna to be interim head of agricultural, extension education

University Park, Pa. -- Rama Radhakrishna, professor of agricultural and extension education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named interim head of the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, effective July 1.

Radhakrishna teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in program design and delivery, program evaluation, and research methods. He twice has received the College of Agricultural Sciences' Community of Teaching Excellence Award and a Teaching Award of Merit from the Penn State chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta honor society.

His research centers on integrating the teaching, research and extension missions of land-grant institutions. He has published more than 90 refereed journal articles and presented more than 250 refereed papers. In 2010, Radhakrishna completed a Fulbright teaching fellowship in India.

Radhakrishna received the 2010 North Eastern Regional Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences from the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities. He also received outstanding teaching (2011) and research (2010) awards from the American Association for Agricultural Education, and an outstanding teacher award (2009) from the North American College Teachers of Agriculture (Eastern Region).

He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Agricultural Sciences in India and his doctorate from Penn State.

The Department of Agricultural and Extension Education aims to prepare formal and nonformal educators in agricultural education, extension education including 4-H, international agriculture, youth and family development, youth civic development, and community leadership and public problem solving.

For more information, contact Radhakrishna at 814-863-7069 or brr100@psu.edu.

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Last Updated July 05, 2011