Dr. Alexa Lamm

Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Center for Public Issues Education

University of Florida
121F Bryant Hall
352-392-6545
alamm@ufl.edu

Alexa Lamm is an assistant professor in the department and the Associate Director of the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Alexa received her undergraduate (1999) and M.A. degree (2000) from Colorado State University in Animal Science and Extension Education respectively. She then worked as an agricultural extension agent in Colorado for eight years before getting her Doctoral degree from the University of Florida in Program Development and Evaluation.

Alexa specializes in conducting research on agricultural and natural resource public policy implementation and the use of evaluation methodology as it applies to programmatic and organizational change theory. Her research areas of interest include:

  • Public Opinion Analysis of Agricultural and Natural Resource Issues
  • Cognitive Impacts on Decision Making Processes
  • Opinion Leadership of Agricultural and Natural Resource Issues
  • Measuring Impacts of Educational Initiatives

For her extension appointment, Alexa serves on two extension initiative leadership teams. The first is focused on enhancing and protecting water quality, quantity, and supply. The second is focused on enhancing and conserving Florida’s natural resources and environmental quality. Her role on both teams is to assist in public awareness of critical issues and informed community decision-making.

Education

  • University of Florida, Ph.D., Agricultural Education and Communication, 2011
  • Colorado State University, M.Agr., Extension Education, 2000
  • Colorado State University, B.S., Equine Science, 1999

Recent Publications

  • Lamm, K. W., Lamm, A. J., & Carter, H. S. (2014). Opinion leadership development: Context and audience characteristics count. Journal of Agricultural Education, 55(2), 91-105. Doi: 10.5032/jae.2014.02091.
  • Bunch, J. C., Lamm, A. J., Israel, G. D., & Edwards, M. C. (2013). Assessing the motivations and barriers influencing undergraduate students' choices to participate in international experiences. Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(2), 217-231. Doi: 10.5032/jae.2013.02217
  • Lamm, A. J., Lamm, K. W., & Strickland, L. R. (2013). Focusing on the future: Understanding faculty intent to lead the land grant system. Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(4), 92-103.
  • Lamm, A. J., Roberts, T. G., Harder, A., Stedman, N., & Hartmann, M. (2013). Identifying best practices for engaging faculty in international agricultural education experiences. Journal of Human Science and Extension, 1(2), 16-31.
  • Odera, E., Lamm, A. J., Owens, C., Thompson, S., & Carter, L. (2013). The impact of extension gardening programs on healthy attitudes and behaviors. Journal of Human Science and Extension, 1(2), 47-62.
  • Lamm, A. J., & Israel, G. D. (2013). A national examination of extension professionals’ use of evaluation: Does intended use improve effort? Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 1(1), 49-62. Retrieved from http://www.jhseonline.com/#%21current/cjg9 .
  • Lamm, A. J., Israel, G. D., & Diehl, D. (2013). A national perspective on the current evaluation activities in Extension. Journal of Extension, 51(1).Retrieved from http://www.joe.org/joe/2013february/a1.php
  • IHarder, A., Lamm, A., Roberts, T. G., Navarro, M., & Ricketts, J. (2012). Using a preflective activity to identify faculty beliefs prior to an international professional development experience. Journal of Agricultural Education, 53(4), 17-28. Doi: 10.5032/jae.2012.04017
  • Israel, G. D., & Lamm, A. J. (2012). Item nonresponse in a client survey of the general public. Survey Practice, April. Retrieved from www.surveypractice.org
  • Israel, G. D., Myers, B., Lamm, A. J., & Galindo-Gonzalez, S. (2012). CTE impact on science achievement: Does level of involvement and specialization matter? Career and Technical Education Research Journal, 37(1), 3-20. Doi: 10.5328/cter37.1.3.
  • Lamm, A. J., Israel, G. D., & Irani, T. (2012). Agricultural education abroad: Keeping collaborative course efforts on the right track using formative evaluation. Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research, 62. Retrieved from http://www.jsaer.org/pdf/Vol62/2012-62-001.pdf
  • Lamm, A. J., Nistler, D., & Stedman, N. (2012). Identifying the factors influencing professional volunteer leadership in the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents. Journal of Extension, 50(2). Retrieved from http://www.joe.org/joe/2012april/a3.php
  • Lamm, A. J., Shoulders, C., Roberts, T. G., Irani, T., Unruh Snyder, L. & Brendemuhl, J., (2012). The influence of cognitive diversity on group problem solving strategy. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(3), 18-30. doi: 10.5032/jae.2012.01018.
  • Harder, A., Lamm, A. J., Linder, J., & Ganpat, W. (2011). An examination of Trinidadian extension officers’ behavioral beliefs and intent to participate in an international extension experience. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 18(3), 22-34. doi: 10.5191/jiaee.2011.18302.
  • Lamm, A. J., Cannon, K. J., Roberts, T. G., Irani, T., Unruh Snyder, L., Brendemuhl, J., & Rodriguez, M. T. (2011). An exploration of reflection: Expression of learning style in an international experiential learning context. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(3), 122-135. doi: 10.5032/jae.2011.03122.
  • Lamm, A. J., Harder, A., Irani, T., Roberts, T. G., & Unruh Snyder, L. (2011). Developing strong international agricultural education programs by understanding cognition. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 18(2), 30-44. doi: 10.5191/jiaee.2011.18202
  • Lamm, A. J., & Israel, G. D., (2011). An organizational approach to understanding evaluation in Extension. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(4), 136-149, 44-55. doi: 10.5032/jae.2011.04136.
  • Lamm, A. J., Israel, G. D., & Harder, A. (2011). Getting to the bottom line: How using evaluation results to enhance extension programs can lead to greater levels of accountability. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(4), 44-55. doi: 10.5032/jae.2011.04044.
  • Lamm, A. J., Rhoades, E., Irani, T., Roberts, T. G., Snyder, L., & Brendemuhl, J. (2011). Utilizing natural cognitive tendencies to enhance agricultural education programs. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(2), 12-23. doi: 10.5032/jae.2011.02012
  • Nistler, D., Lamm A. J., & Stedman, N. (2011). Evaluating the influences on extension professionals’ engagement in leadership roles. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(3), 110-121. doi: 10.5032/jae.2011.03110.
  • Unruh Snyder, L., Lamm, A. J., Brendemuhl, J., Irani, T., Roberts, T. G., Rodriguez, M. T. & Navarro, J. (2011). Enhancing cultural awareness through an agricultural sustainability course in Costa Rica. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, 40, 191-198. doi: 10.4195/jnrlse.2010.0033u.
  • Lamm, A., & Harder, A. (2010). Don’t drink the water: Recognizing the fears associated with international extension work. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 17(3), 31-41. doi: 10.5191/jiaee.2010.17303.
  • Lamm, A. (2010). The latest take on utilization-focused evaluation. Journal of Extension, 48(3).Retrieved from http://www.joe.org/joe/2010june/tt4.php

Awards & Honors

  • 2014 Vance Publishing 40 Under 40 in Ag Honoree
  • 2014 UF/IFAS Extension Wells Fargo Extension Professional and Enhancement Award
  • 2014 Two Distinguished Research Papers, American Association for Agricultural Education
  • 2014 Research Paper of the Year, Association for Communication Excellence
  • 2013 Feature Article of the Year, Journal of Extension
  • 2013 Extension Initiative Innovation Team Award
  • 2012 Alan A. Kahler Outstanding Dissertation Award, American Association for Agricultural Education
  • 2012 University of Florida IFAS “High Impact” Research Publication
  • 2011 Distinguished Research Paper, American Association for Agricultural Education
  • 2011 Outstanding Paper Presentation, Faculty Division, Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education
  • 2010 Outstanding Research Paper, American Association for Agricultural Education
  • 2007 Distinguished Early Career Service Award, Epsilon Sigma Phi
  • 2005 Achievement in Service Award, National Association of Extension 4-H Agents
  • 2004 4-H Search for Excellence National Award, National Association of County Agricultural Agents

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • American Association for Agricultural Education
  • American Evaluation Association
  • Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education
  • International Leadership Association
  • Journal of Extension Review Board
  • Rural Sociological Society