Kansas State University


Department of Communications and Agricultural Education

Department Additions

Story by Mikhayla DeMott, (ACJ)

The department is getting some exciting additions this summer. Two hiring searches are currently underway and will be completed before the new school year. A new Agricultural Communications and Journalism instructor is being hired, as well as a new research assistant for the Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement.

Interviews are currently underway for the new ACJ instructor position. There are two finalists for the position; both are K-State graduates.

The second position undergoing a transition is the research assistant for the Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement. Scott Stebner, K-State graduate with a master’s in Agricultural Education and Communication, left the position in the summer of 2016. Since his departure, the Center has been staffed with graduate research assistant Courtney Boman, a K-State Journalism and Mass Communications undergraduate and recent Agricultural Education and Communication master’s graduate, and two undergraduate student assistants, Mikhayla DeMott and Anissa Zagonel. Both are recent ACJ graduates. The Center is searching for a permanent, full-time person.

This search has been narrowed down to four candidates with interviews beginning July 24, 2017. The Center was created by Dr. Lauri M. Baker, associate professor in agricultural communications at K-State; Dr. Cheryl Boyer, associate professor and extension specialist at K-State; and Dr. Hikaru Peterson, professor of food marketing and consumer economics at the University of Minnesota. The Center is housed in the Department of Communications and Agricultural Education.

Stay tuned for next month’s newsletter to learn more about the status of these searches and other department additions.

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