Kansas State University


Department of Communications and Agricultural Education

New Faculty Members

Jon Ulmer
Dr. Jonathan Ulmer

Dr. Jonathan Ulmer joined the faculty of Agricultural Education with twenty years of experience in Ag Ed. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with his teaching certificate in Ag Ed had taught secondary Ag at Medicine Valley High School in Curtis, NE for four years. Moving on to Oklahoma State University to complete his Master’s in Ag Ed where he also met his wife, Ann.

The next stop in life was the University of Missouri-Columbia to complete his Ph.D. in Ag Ed. After completing his degree he stayed in Missouri to work as the Professional Development Specialist for the Ag teachers of Missouri. This position allowed Dr. Ulmer to travel around the state and meet the needs of teachers through workshops, institutes, and the state mentor/induction program.

In 2008, Ann and Jon moved to Lubbock, TX where he worked as a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications. Dr. Ulmer’s primary focus was on teacher preparation, teaching classes from Intro to Student Teaching. Their eight years in Lubbock also allowed Jon and Ann to adopt their two children, Nevaeh and Zaden, who are currently five and three. While Dr. Ulmer will be teaching slightly different classes at K-State, the goal is still the same, work with a great team of faculty to develop the best agriculture teachers possible. Ann has a background in Agricultural business and economics and is a Grant Specialist in the College of Engineering. The Ulmer family is looking forward to spending time in the state parks and lakes around the area and preparing their children to start school and become Wildcats!


Dr. Gaea (Wimmer) Hock
hock photoGaea (Wimmer) Hock was born and raised in Bourbon County, Kansas. She attended Jayhawk-Linn High School and found her passion for agriculture as a member of the FFA chapter.  She graduated Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Education in 2003.  She taught high school agriculture at Centre High School for 6 years.  While teaching, she completed a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from KSU in 2006.  In 2009, the opportunity arose to serve as an instructor in agricultural leadership at Texas Tech University and complete a Ph.D. in Agricultural Communications and Education.  As an instructor and graduate student at TTU, she enhanced her teaching and leadership skills.  After graduation, she moved to Starkville, MS and served as an Assistant Professor in Agricultural Education at Mississippi State University for four years.  It was always her dream to return to Kansas State University as an Agricultural Education professor and was thrilled to be given that opportunity.
Dr. Hock’s research interests include intent to teach agriculture, agricultural literacy, and innovative teaching techniques/strategies.  She is eager to increase the number of undergraduate researchers in the major.  There are many exciting opportunities in Kansas. She is looking forward to working with the agricultural education support team in Kansas.  The Kansas agricultural education teachers, FFA members, and professional organizations all work together to make a positive impact on the Kansas agriculture industry.
Dr. Hock enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.  Her husband Matthew is finishing his PhD in agronomy from Mississippi State University. They are the proud parents of daughter Corabel (born March 28) who is excited to be living on a small farm in rural Dickinson County.


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