Dr. Grady Roberts

Professor of Agricultural Education and Communication

Dr. Grady Roberts joined the AEC faculty as an associate professor of agricultural education in 2008. Dr. Roberts grew up in a military family and has lived all over the world, but he considers Florida home.

Prior to coming to the University of Florida, Roberts' previous experience includes four years as an assistant professor at Texas A&M University, three years as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Florida, and ten years as an agricultural science teacher in Hillsborough County, Florida.

Roberts’ research interests include global education, experiential learning, and teaching and learning in university settings.

Recent Publications and Submissions 

  • Harder, 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 
  • Gouldthorpe, J. L., Harder, A. M., Roberts, T. G., & Stedman, N. L. P. (2012). Understanding perceived short–term outcomes from a faculty travel abroad experience in Ecuador. NACTA Journal, 56(3), 17-23. 
  • Stripling, C. T., & Roberts, T. G. (2012). Preservice agricultural education teachers’ mathematics ability. Journal of Agricultural Education, 53(3), 28-41. doi: 10.5032/jae.2012.03028 
  • Roberts, T. G., Conner, N. W., Estepp, C. M., Giorgi, A. & Stripling, C. T. (2012). Examining the teaching behaviors of successful teachers in a college of agricultural and life sciences. NACTA Journal, 56(2), 21-28. 
  • Coers, N., Rodriguez, M. T., Roberts, T. G., Emerson, H. C., Barrick, R. K. (2012). Examining the student impacts of three international capstone experiences. NACTA Journal, 56(2), 55–62.
  • Stripling, C. T., & Roberts, T. G. (2012). Florida preservice agricultural education teachers’ mathematics ability and efficacy. Journal of Agricultural Education, 53(1), 109–122. doi 10.5032/jae.2012.01109 
  • Estepp, C. M., Roberts, T. G., & Carter, H. S.  (2012).  An experiential learning model of faculty development to improve teaching.  NACTA Journal, 56(1), 79–86. 
  • Giorgi, A. J., & Roberts, T. G. (2012). Exploring the teaching beliefs of excellent undergraduate professors. NACTA Journal, 56(1), 60–66. 
  • 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, 41(1), 1–6. doi:10.4195/jnrlse.2011.0011g
  • Mazurkewicz, M., Harder, A., & Roberts, T. G. (2012). Evidence for experiential learning in undergraduate teaching farm courses. Journal of Agricultural Education, 53(1), 176–189. doi 10.5032/jae.2012.01176 
  • Lamm, A. J., Harder, A., Irani, T., Roberts, T. G., & 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.2011.18203 
  • Unruh–Snyder, L., Lamm, A. J., Brendemuhl, J., Irani, T., Roberts, T. G., Rodriguez, M. T., & Navarro, J. (2011). Enhancing student cultural awareness and international engagement through an agricultural sustainability course in Costa Rica. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, 40(1), 191–198. doi 10.4195/jnrlse.2010.0033u 
  • Roberts, T. G., Barrick, R. K., Dooley, K. E., Kelsey, K. D., Raven, M. R., & Wingenbach, G. J. (2011). Enhancing the quality of manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Agricultural Education: Perceptions of experienced reviewers. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(3), 1–5. doi 10.5032/jae.2011.03001 
  • Estepp, C. M., & Roberts, T. G.  (2011).  A model for transforming the undergraduate learning experience in colleges of agriculture.  NACTA Journal, 55(3), 28-32. 
  • Barrick, R. K., Samy, M. M., Roberts, T. G., Thoron, A. C., & Easterly, III, R. G. (2011). Assessment of Egyptian agricultural technical school instructors' ability to implement experiential learning activities. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(3), 6–15. doi 10.5032/jae.2011.03006 
  • Lamm, A. J., Cannon, K. J., Roberts, T. G., Irani, T., 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
  • 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. [2011 NACTA Journal Awards – Honorable Mention] 
  • Lamm, A. J., Rhoades, E., Snyder, L., Irani, T., Roberts, T. G., & Brendenmuhl, J. (2011). Utilizing natural cognitive tendencies to enhance agricultural education programs. Journal of Agricultural Education.
  • Dooley, K. E., Roberts, G., Navarro, M., Harder, A., Murphrey, T., Ricketts, J. & Lindner, J. (2011).  Teaching locally, engaging globally to enhance the undergraduate curriculum:  A social science research and evaluation perspective.  Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, 1(1), 24–32. 
  • 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.
  • Edgar, D. W., Roberts, T. G., & Murphy, T. H. (in press). Exploring relationships between teaching efficacy and student teacher-cooperating teacher relationships. .Journal of Agricultural Education.
  • Barrick, R. K., Roberts, T. G., Samy, M. M., Thoron, A. C., & Easterly, III, R. G. (2011). A needs assessment to determine knowledge and ability of Egyptian agricultural technical school teachers related to supervised agricultural experience. Journal of Agricultural Education.
  • Hangriff, R., Murhpy, T. H., Breirs, G. E., Roberts, T. G., & Lindner, J. R. (2011). Economic impacts of supervised agricultural experiences: Returns from SAE investment costs in Texas, 2007-2008. Journal of Agricultural Education.
  • Johnston, T. L., & Roberts, T. G. (2011). The effect of an interest approach on knowledge, attitudes, and engagement of high school agricultural science students.Journal of Agricultural Education.

Awards and Honors

  • 2013 E. B. Knight Journal Award, NACTA Journal
  • 2012 High Impact Research Award, UF/IFAS Agricultural Experiment Station
  • 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award, Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education
  • 2012 Distinguished Researcher Award, American Association for Agricultural Education Southern Regions
  • 2010 Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences Award - New Teacher Category, United States Department of Agriculture
  • 2009 Outstanding Early Career Award, American Association for Agricultural Education
  • 2009 Teacher Fellow Award, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)
  • 2009 LEAD 21 Participant, Fanning Institute, University of Georgia


  • Co–PI. (2012–2014). Women’s leadership program in Paraguay. ($811,123). PI, Marta Hartmann. Co-PIs, T. Grady Roberts, Amy Harder, Sebastian Galindo, Hannah Carter, Ricky Telg, Suzanna Smith, Elena Bastidas.
  • Co–PI. (2011–2013). Teaching locally, engaging globally: Increasing undergraduates’ knowledge of the international dimensions of climate change, food security, and childhood obesity. ($700,855). PI, Amy Harder. Co–PIs, T. Grady Roberts, Nicole L. P. Stedman, Katie Sieving, James R. Lindner, Kim E. Dooley, Robert, Strong, Jackie Bruce, Elizabeth Wilson, Wendy Warner.
  • PI. (2009–2012). Teaching locally, engaging globally: Enhancing the undergraduate curriculum. ($459,770). Co–PIs, Nicole L. P. Stedman, Amy Harder, Maria Navarro, John C. Ricketts, Dennis W. Duncan, Kim E. Dooley, James R. Lindner.
  • Co–PI. (2010–2012). Educating and training future farmers, researchers and extension personnel in sustainable agriculture production. ($245,000). PI, Rosalie Koenig. Co–PIs, Marilyn E. Swisher, T. Grady Roberts, Amy Harder, Pablo Morales Payan, Geoff Zehnder, Michelle Schroeder–Moreno.
  • Co–PI. (2010–2012). Growing more small family vegetable farmers in Florida. ($596,219). PI, Rosalie Koenig. Co–PIs, T. Grady Roberts, Allen Wysocki, Xin Zhao, Gene McAvoy, Ellen Dube, Josh Craft.
  • Investigator. (2008–2011). Developing global curricula: An experiential learning approach to education in sustainability and entrepreneurship. ($142,767). PI. Lori Snyder; Co–PIs, Joel Brendemuhl, Tracy Irani.
  • PI. (2007–2008). Enhancing diversity in agricultural education. Toyota/National FFA Foundation. ($105,000). PI, T. Grady Roberts; Co–PI, Gary E. Briers.

Professor of Agricultural Education and Communication