Dr. Ed Osborne
Professor of Agricultural Education and Communication
A past high school agriculture teacher, Dr. Osborne earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Virginia Tech and the Ph.D. degree from The Ohio State University, all in agricultural education.
Prior to accepting his current position at the University of Florida in 1997, Dr. Osborne was a faculty member in agricultural education for 15 years at the University of Illinois, where he taught undergraduate and graduate students in agricultural education and delivered professional development programs for agriscience teachers.
Dr. Osborne teaches graduate seminars on thesis/dissertation research proposal development and strategies for success as a university faculty member. His research interests include student motivation and teaching methods, including science-based, problem-solving teaching.
He has authored or co-authored more than 250 refereed and invited articles, papers, and presentations, four book titles, and five book editions, including the sixth edition of the Handbook on Agricultural Education. He has served as Editor of The Agricultural Education Magazine, a national journal for agriscience teachers in the public schools, President of the American Association for Agricultural Education (2004-05), and President of The National Council for Agricultural Education (2005).
In addition, Dr. Osborne coordinated the development of the National Research Agenda for Agricultural Education and Communication, 2007-2010, a special project funded by the American Association for Agricultural Education, USDA, and The National Council for Agricultural Education. In 2007 he was recognized as a Fellow of the American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) and received that society's Outstanding Agricultural Educator award. He was also selected as the AAAE 2010 Distinguished Lecturer.
Other recognitions include outstanding alumnus awards from Ohio State and Virginia Tech, the Distinguished Leadership Award presented by Gamma Sigma Delta, and the Blue and Gold Award presented by the Florida FFA Association. Dr. Osborne enjoys facilitating strategic planning sessions and has led nearly 30 groups through this planning process in recent years.