Dr.Tracy IraniProfessor

121E Bryant Hall
P.O. Box 112060
Gainesville, FL 32611
352-273-2588
irani@ufl.edu

Tracy A. Irani is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication. She teaches courses in agricultural communication theory and campaigns, organizational change management, and critical and creative thinking. Prior to teaching at UF, Irani worked in marketing, public relations and advertising. Irani received a B.A. in Journalism and Communications from Point Park College, an M.A. in Corporate Communications from Duquesne University, and a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of Florida. Irani joined UF in 1999, and currently holds a teaching and research appointment in the area of agricultural communications. Irani’s research interests focus on critical thinking, problem solving and decision making with respect to controversial science, communications and technology issues. Irani is a certified administrator of the Kirton Adoption Innovation (KAI) inventory, one of the most widely used assessments of cognitive style/problem solving. She is a past chair of the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Human Sciences (ACE) Research and Academic Programs Special Interest Groups, and is a past president of UF’s chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the international agricultural honorary society. In addition, she is past head of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Science Communication Interest Group.

Education

  • University of Florida, Ph.D., Journalism and Communications
  • Duquesne University, M.A., Corporate Communications
  • Point Park College, B.A., Journalism and Communications

Awards & Honors

  • 2007 Outstanding Graduate Student Research Paper Award, Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Human Sciences
  • 2007 Jim App Team Award, Extension Professionals Association of Florida
  • 2007 Journal Article of the Year, Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Human Sciences
  • 2008 FACAA Pride Program Award, Extension Professionals Association of Florida
  • 2008 Gold Award, Information Technology Center, Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Human Sciences
  • 2008 ADDY Award, Broadcast/Electronic Category, Gold, Advertising Federation of Gainesville
  • 2008 ADDY Award, Best of Show Electronic, Advertising Federation of Gainesville
  • 2008 Outstanding Graduate Student Research Paper Award, Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Human Sciences
  • 2009 UF Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentor Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Nominee
  • 2009 Teacher Fellow Award, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Agriculture Institute of Florida
  • Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences
  • American Association for Agricultural Education
  • Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Academic Programs SIG, Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences International Conference
  • Associate Editor, AIAEE Journal, Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education