Dr. Amy Harder
Professor, Director of the Program Development and Evaluation Center
Dr. Amy Harder is a professor, teaching Extension education, in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC). Harder has a research, teaching and Extension appointment, while also serving as Director for the Program Development and Evaluation Center (PDEC).
Harder hales from the Chicagoland area, but her path to the University of Florida included stops in both Colorado and Texas. She earned her bachelor’s degree in equine science from Colorado State University (2000), which was quickly followed by her master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences, with a focus in Extension Education (2001), also from Colorado State University. From 2002–2005, Harder worked as a 4-H agent in Boulder County, Colorado. In 2007, Harder was awarded her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, where she also studied extension education.
Harder’s research focuses on identifying strategies for improving extension and advisory services in domestic and international settings, with an emphasis on competency development.
Ganpat, W. G., Narine, L., & Harder, A. (accepted). The impact of farm visits on farmers’ satisfaction with extension: Examining the dependence on individual methods in the Caribbean. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education.
Harder, A., & Zelaya, P. (in press). Identifying assets associated with quality extension programming at the local level. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension.
Albert, B., Roberts, T. G., & Harder, A. (2017). Career development influences of employees working in Haiti’s agricultural and advisory services. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 24(2), 107-121. doi: 10.5191/jiaee.2017.24208
Harder, A., & Wells, O. (2017). Tampa Bay extension agents’ views of urban extension: Philosophy and program strategies.Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 5(2), 55-69.
Benge, M., & Harder, A. (2017). The effects of leader-member exchanges on the relationships between extension agents and county extension directors in Florida. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 5(1), 35-49.
Harder, A., Zelaya, P., & Roberts, T. G. (2016). Extension agents’ perceptions of a blended approach to onboarding. Journal of Agricultural Education, 57(4), 45-54. doi: 10.5032/jae.2016.04045.
Awards & Honors
- 2017 Outstanding Extension Educator - American Association for Agricultural Education
- 2015 Article of the Year - Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education
- 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award - Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education
- 2013 Early Career Award, Epsilon Sigma Phi, National Honorary Extension Fraternity, Southern Region
- 2014 AIAEE Fellow, Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education