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Dr. Brian Myers

Professor and Chair of Agricultural Education and Communication

Dr. Myers was raised on a grain and livestock farm in west-central Illinois. He received his BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Myers taught high school agriscience at Unity High School in Mendon, IL for four years prior to beginning his doctoral studies.

Dr. Myers completed his PhD at the University of Florida. His research interests include: Agriscience Curriculum Development and Implementation, Agriscience Instructional Methods, and the Design and Delivery of Teacher Professional Development. Dr. Myers has advised over 35 graduate students (MS & PhD) and served on the supervisory committee for dozens more. He has authored or co-authored over 100 refereed journal articles and conference papers.

As an author or co-author, Dr. Myers has received outstanding article or paper presentation awards at the regional or national levels on 18 different occasions. He is a member of the University of Florida AG-STEM Education Research Laboratory, the American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) Enhancing STEM through Agricultural Education Special Interest Group (SIG) and serves as chair of a multi-state research project, S1057: A framework for secondary schools agriscience education programs that emphasizes the STEM content in agriculture.

Overall, Dr. Myers’ work is guided by the mission to develop passionate educators equipped with the knowledge, skills, and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of students.

Recent Publications

  • Shoulders, C. W., & Myers, B. E. (2014). Effective professional development in agriscience education: An examination of core features. Journal of Agricultural Education, 55(1), 167-185. doi: 10.5032/jae.2014.01168.
  • Shoulders, C. W., & Myers, B. E. (2013). Teachers’ use of experiential learning stages in agricultural laboratories. Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(3), 100-115. doi: 10.5032/jae.2013.03100. 
  • Shoulders, C. W., & Myers, B. E. (2013). Socioscientific issues-based instruction: An investigation of agriscience students’ content knowledge based on student variables. Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(3), 140-156. doi: 10.5032/jae.2013.03140.
  • Shoulders, C. W., Blythe, J. M., & Myers, B. E. (2013). Teachers’ perceptions regarding experiential learning attributes in agricultural laboratories. Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(2), 159-173. doi: 10.5032/jae.2013.02159.
  • Warner, A. J., & Myers, B. E. (2013). Variable relationships affecting agriscience teachers’ stages of concern for content area reading strategies. Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(1), 193-206
  • Burleson, S. E., & Myers, B. E. (2013). Actual versus preferred laboratory classroom practices: An evaluation of the effectiveness of laboratory classroom teaching at the post-secondary level. NACTA Journal, 57(1), 16-23.
  • Phillips, B. K., & Myers, B. E. (2013). Response-shift bias in critical thinking. NACTA Journal, 57(1), 78-81.
  • Thoron, A. C., & Myers, B. E. (2012). Effects of inquiry-based agriscience instruction on student scientific reasoning. Journal of Agricultural Education, 53(4), 156-170. doi: 10.5032/jae.2012.04156
  • Smith, A. G., & Myers, B. E. (2012). Perceptions of Florida secondary school principals toward agricultural education. Journal of Agricultural Education53(3), 154-165. doi: 10.5032/jae.2012.03154.
  • Shoulders, C. W., & Myers, B. E. (2012). Teachers’ use of agricultural laboratories in secondary agricultural education. Journal of Agricultural Education, 53(2), 124-138. doi: 10.5032/jae.2012.02124
  • Thoron, A. C., Myers, B. E., Harder, A., Stedman, N., & Roberts, T. G. (2012). An Analysis of Teaching Competencies of Junior Faculty with Different Levels of Graduate Teaching Assistant Experiences. Journal of Natural Resources & Life Sciences Education.
  • Israel, G. D., Myers, B. E., Lamm, A. J., & Galindo-Gonzalez, S. (2012). CTE involvement and science achievement: Does level of involvement and specialization matter? Journal of Career and Technical Education, 37(1). 
  • Thoron, A. C., & Myers, B. E. (2012). Effects of inquiry-based agriscience instruction and subject matter-based instruction on student argumentation skills.  Journal of Agricultural Education, 53(2), 58-69. doi: 10.50932/jae.2012.02058
  • Myers, B. E., Barrick, R. K, & Samy, M. M. (2012) Stages of concern profiles for active learning strategies of Agricultural Technical Schools in Egypt. Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 18(2), 161-174.
  • Shoulders, C. W., Barrick, R. K., & Myers, B. E. (2011). An assessment of the impact of internship programs in the Agricultural Technical Schools of Egypt as perceived by participant groups. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 18(2), 18-29.
  • Shoulders, C. W., & Myers, B. E. (2011). Considering professional identity to enhance agriculture teacher development. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(4), 98-108. doi:10.5032/jae.2011.04098.
  • Warner, A. J., & Myers, B. E. (2011). Agriscience teachers’ concern profiles for content area reading strategies. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(4), 109-122. doi:10.5032/jae.2011.04109.
  • Thoron, A. C., & Myers, B. E. (2011). Effects of inquiry-based agriscience instruction on student achievement. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(4), 175-187. doi:10.5032/jae.2011.04175.
  • Miller, C., Carr, C.C., Brendemuhl, J. H., Ricketts, J. C., Myers, B. E., & Roberts, T. G. (2011). Quantifying the critical thinking skills of students who receive instruction in meat–animal or meat product evaluation. NACTA Journal, 55(1), 50–54
  • Shoulders, C. W., & Myers, B. E. (2011). An analysis of National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors’ stages of concern regarding inquiry-based instruction. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(2), 58-70. doi:10.5032/jae.2011.02058.
  • Easterly III, R. G., & Myers, B. E. (2011). Inquiry-based instruction for students with special needs in school based agricultural education. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(2), 36-46. doi:10.5032/jae.2011.02036
  • Thoron, A. C., Myers, B. E., & Abrams, K. (2011). Inquiry-based instruction: How is it utilized, accepted, and assessed in schools with National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors? Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(1), 96-106doi:10.5032/jae.2011.01096
  • Thoron, A. C., & Myers, B. E., (2011). Impact of gender, ethnicity, year in school, social economic status, and state standardized assessment scores on student content knowledge achievement when using vee maps as a formative assessment tool. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(1), 85-95.doi:10.5032/jae.2011.01085
  • Stedman, N. L. P., Roberts, T. G., Harder, A., Myers, B. E., & Thoron, A. C. (2011). The relationship between experience and self-perceptions of knowledge and relevance of teaching competencies for faculty in a college of agricultural and life sciences. Journal of Agricultural Education 52(1), 50-60doi:10.5032/jae.2011.01050
  • Thoron, A. C., & Myers, B. E. (2010). The effect of using vee maps versus standard laboratory reports on achieving student content knowledge. Journal of Agricultural Education, 51(3), 12-22. doi:10.5032/jae.2010.03012
  • Thoron, A. C., & Myers, B. E. (2010). Perceptions of preservice teachers toward integrating science into school­–based agricultural education curriculum. Journal of Agricultural Education, 51(2), 70-80. DOI: 10. 5032/jae.2010.02070
  • Washburn, S. G., & Myers, B. E. (2010). Agriculture teacher perceptions of preparation to integrate science and their current use of inquiry based learning. Journal of Agricultural Education, 51(1), 88-98. DOI: 10.5032/jae.2010.01088
  • Harder, A., Roberts, T. G., Stedman, N. L. P., Thoron, A., & Myers, B. E. (2009). An analysis of the teaching competencies of agricultural and life science faculty. NACTA Journal, 53(4), 49-55.
  • Myers, B. E., Thoron, A. C., & Thompson, G. W. (2009). Perceptions of the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy toward integrating science into school–based agricultural education curriculum. Journal of Agricultural Education, 50(4), 120-133. 
  • Myers, B. E., & Thompson, G.W. (2009). Integrating academics into agriculture programs: A Delphi study to determine perceptions of the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy participants. Journal of Agricultural Education, 50(2),75-86.
  • Hightower, L., Telg, R., Meyers, C., Irani, T., Gallo, M. & Myers, B. (2008). The University of Florida’s Scientific Thinking and Educational  Partnership: An approach for genetics outreach. Journal of Applied Communications, 92 (1&2), pp. 21-29. 
  • Myers, B. E., & Washburn, S. G. (2008). Integrating science in the agriculture curriculum: Agriculture teachers perceptions of the opportunities, barriers, and impact on student enrollment. Journal of Agricultural Education, 49(2), 27-37.
  • Rhoades, E. B., Irani, T. A., Telg, R. W., & Myers, B. E. (2008). Internet as an information source: Attitudes and usage of students enrolled in a college of agriculture course. Journal of Agricultural Education, 49(2), 108-117.
  • Baker, A. J., Thoron, A. C., Myers, B. E., & Cody, T. J. (2008). The influence of laboratory experience timing on student knowledge-level achievement in an undergraduate introductory agricultural mechanics course. NACTA Journal, 52(1), 6-9.

Awards 

  • Roche Teaching Fellow, IFAS/CALS, 2013-2014
  • Honorary America FFA Degree, 2011
  • UF Sustainability Fellow, 2011
  • APLU Food Systems Leadership Institute Fellow, 2010
  • AAAE Outstanding Early Career Member Award, 2010
  • AAAE Southern Region Outstanding Young Member Award, 2010
  • NACTA Teaching Fellow, 2009
  • USDA Food and Agriculture Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award–New Teacher, 2008
  • Phi Delta Kappa Class of Emerging Leaders, 2008

Grants

  • Livestock Education and Certification for Agriculture Law Enforcement (LECALE), Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, $40,000, Co-PI
  • Evaluated, Improved, and Expanded Collaborative and Enhanced First Detector Training for Florida, California, and New York, USDA-APHIS, 2013-2014, Co-PI, $175,000
  • Aquaculture Education for Florida Teachers, FDACS, 2012-2013, Co-PI, $82,337 
  • Development of Large Animal Technical Rescue and Emergency Animal Sheltering Homeland Security, FDACS, 2011, PI, $57,000 
  • Core Fumigant Training for Applicators and Inspectors Post Labeling Fumigant Registration, FDACS, 2010, PI, $26,251 
  • Sequencing Gators: Building a Genome Science Curriculum at the University of Florida and Beyond, NSF, 2010-2013, Co-PI, $499,888 
  • Agricultural Education in Egypt, USDA-FAS, 2009-2011, Co-PI, $21,000 
  • Aquaculture Education for Florida Teachers, FDACS, 2008-2009, Co-PI, $312,493 

Professor and Chair of Agricultural Education and Communication