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Amy Harder

Professor
Director, Program Development and Evaluation Center

117B Bryant Hall
PO Box 112060
Gainesville, FL 32611
352-273-2569
amharder@ufl.edu

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Dr. Amy Harder is a professor, teaching Extension education, in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC). Dr. Amy Harder is a professor, teaching Extension education, in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC). Harder is the Director for the Program Development and Evaluation Center (PDEC) which provides statewide leadership for UF/IFAS Extension’s professional development programming and its reporting and accountability efforts.

Harder earned her bachelor's degree in equine science (2000) and master's degree in Agricultural Sciences, with a focus in Extension Education (2001), both 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 helping extension professionals be successful through competency-focused professional development, effective mentoring, and improving organizational policies. Her Extension programs include (a) Mentor Training and (b) Competency Development in Program Planning and Evaluation. 

Awards & Honors

  • 2021 Distinguished Researcher – American Association for Agricultural Education
  • 2019 Outstanding Leadership Award - Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education
  • 2019 Outstanding Service Award - Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education
  • 2017 Outstanding Extension Educator - American Association for Agricultural Education
  • 2015, 2018, 2019 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