I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agriculture at Fort Hays State University (FHSU).
I teach the agriculture core agribusiness classes: Introduction to Agribusiness (AGRI113), Marketing Farm Products (AGRI211), and Farm Management (AGRI311).
My research specializations include choice behavior, consumer food preferences, agricultural labor public policy, and human resource management.
I graduated in August 2020- yes, during the COVID-19 pandemic and while working at FHSU. My dissertation concentrates on employee working conditions in the dairy industry by employing discrete choice experiments and best-worst scaling. Throughout the three chapters I incorporate the viewpoints of multiple stakeholders (1) workers (2) U.S. milk consumers and (3) general U.S. (voting) public. As such my work spans research in labor economics/human resource management, food marketing, and public policy.
For more information about my dissertation and other research projects visit my Research page. While there you will note that I am also interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) and actively contribute to the postsecondary pedagogical community. My research on teaching and learning has been greatly influenced by teaching experiences and fellowships, chronicled on my Teaching page.
Fortunately, I have been able to integrate more than just my research and teaching interests. You will see on my Service & Extension page that I have been able to apply what I’ve learned from my dissertation to work with MSU Extension agents and Michigan dairy farmers. Additionally, serving on university committees has helped me understand the university context and see examples of good mentorship, another form of service and teaching demonstrated by those in academia.