Agricultural Education and Communication

Agricultural Education and Communication

Headshot portrait of Amy Harder, professor of Extension education

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). Harder has a Extension/teaching 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.

Recent Publications

Harder, A., Narine, L. K., & Wells, O. (2019). Organizational priorities for advancing Cooperative Extension in urban counties in Florida.Journal of Agricultural Education, 60(1), 94-107.

Harder, A. & Narine, L. K. (2019). Interpersonal leadership competencies of extension agents in Florida. Journal of Agricultural Education, 60(1), 266-275.

Roberts, T. G., Raulerson, B., Telg, R. W., Harder, A., & Stedman, N. (2019). Exploring how critical reflection can be used in a short-term study abroad experience to elicit cultural awareness and technical knowledge of agriculture students. NACTA Journal, 63(1), 25-31.

Harder, A., Narine, L. K., & Denny, M. (2019). Exploring the social capital of Cooperative Extension agents in Mississippi. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 7(1), 92-103.

Rodriguez, M. T., Roberts, T. G., & Harder, A. M. (2018). Exploring the influence of innovation characteristics on the adoption of a water and input saving technology in the Jordan Valley: Implications for community extension workers. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 25(3), 81-95. doi: 10.5191/jiaee.2018.25306

Benge, M., & Harder, A. (2018). The impact of supervisory management on extension agent job satisfaction. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 6(3), 1-16.

Ellison, S., & Harder, A. (2018). Factors contributing to the retention of senior 4-H members: From the youth perspective. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 6(3), 151-160.

Albert, B., Roberts, T. G., & Harder, A. (2018). Social capital of faculty within Haiti’s agricultural education and training system. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 25(2), 29-42. doi: 10.5191/jiaee.2018/250203

Zelaya, P., Harder, A., & Roberts, T. G. (2018). Filling in the gap: A hermeneutic phenomenological study of the lived experiences of agricultural change agents in northern Haiti. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 25(2), 57-70. doi: 10.5191/jiaee.2018/25205

Roberts, T. G., Raulerson, B., Telg, R. W., Harder, A., & Stedman, N. (2018). The impacts of a short-term study abroad on critical thinking of agriculture students. NACTA Journal, 62(2), 168-174.

Simonne, E., Simonne, A. H., Brecht, J. K. & Harder, A. (2018). Beyond the science: Professional competencies for the business of research, teaching and extension/outreach in postharvest today. Acta Horticulturae, 1213, 433-440. doi: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1213.64

Awards & Honors

  • 2018 Outstanding Leadership Award - Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education
  • 2018 Outstanding Service Award - Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education
  • 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