Headshot portrait of Brian Myers, professor of agricultural education and chair of AEC

 

Dr. Brian Myers

Contact
305 Rolfs Hall
PO Box 110540
Gainesville, FL 32611
352-273-2567
bmyers@ufl.edu

Education
  • Ph.D. Agricultural Education, University of Florida, 2004
  • M.S. Agriculture Education and Mechanization, Southern Illinois University, 1997
  • B.S. Agriculture, Southern Illinois University, 1996
Research Areas
  • Agriscience Curriculum Development and Implementation
  • Agriculture Teacher Education
  • Design and Delivery of Professional Development
Courses Taught
  • Agriculture Teacher Education Graduate Seminar
  • Strategies for Success as a University Faculty Member
Membership in Organizations
  • Alpha Tau Alpha
  • Alpha Zeta
  • American Association for Agricultural Education (Life Member)
  • Association for Career and Technical Education
  • Association for Career and Technical Education Research
  • Florida Association of Agricultural Educators
  • Florida Association for Career and Technical Education
  • Florida FFA Alumni Association
  • Gamma Sigma Delta
  • National Association of Agriculture Educators (Life Member)
  • National FFA Alumni Association (Life Member)
  • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture

Dr. Brian Myers

Professor and Chair

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.

He joined the AEC faculty in 2014 as a teacher educator. In 2016, Dr. Myers was appointed chair of the department. His research interests include: Agriscience Curriculum Development and Implementation, Connecting Research to Practice, and the Design and Delivery of Professional Development. Dr. Myers has advised over 40 graduate students (MS & PhD) and served on the supervisory committee for dozens more. He has authored or co-authored over 125 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 co-founder of Owl Pellets: Tips for Ag Teachers, a social media-based program to translate research-based findings in agricultural education into practical applications for educational practitioners. He also serves as the coordinator for LEAD IFAS, a professional development program for IFAS faculty and staff focused on developing the leadership skills of current and future leaders in IFAS.

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

Stubbs, E. A., Zimmerman, A. R., Warner, L. A., & Myers, B. E. (2017). Reflecting on a multidisciplinary collaboration to design a general education climate change course. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 1-7. doi: 10.1007/s13412-017-0451-8

Easterly, R. G., & Myers, B. E. (2017). You seize what pops up: A qualitative investigation of the core features of school-based agricultural education professional development. Journal of Agricultural Education, 58(3), 56-71. doi: 10.532/jae.2017.03056

DiBenedetto, C. A., Lamm, K. W., Lamm, A. J., & Myers, B. E.  (2016). Examining Undergraduate Student Attitude towards Interdisciplinary Education. Journal of Agricultural Education, 57(1), 167-178. doi: 10.5032/jae.2016.01167

Stubbs, E. A., & Myers, B. E. (2016). Part of what we do: Teacher perceptions of STEM integration. Journal of Agricultural Education, 57(3), 87-100. doi: 10.5032/jae.2016.0308

Wyatt, J. D., Shoulders, C. W., & Myers, B. E. (2015). Socioscientific issues-based instruction: An investigation of agriscience students’ argumentation skills based on student variables. Journal of Southern Agriculture Education Research, 65.

Blythe, J. M., DiBenedetto, C. A., & Myers, B. E. (2015). Inquiry-based instruction: Perceptions of National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors. Journal of Agricultural Education, 56(2), 110-211. doi: 10.5032/jae.2015.02110

Stubbs, E. A., & Myers, B. E. (2015). Multiple case study of STEM in school-based agricultural education. Journal of Agricultural Education, 56(2), 188-203. doi: 10.5032/jae.2015.02188..

DiBenedetto, C.A., Easterly III, R.G., & Myers, B.E. (2015). Can scientific reasoning scores predict the likelihood of SBAE students' intent to pursue a STEM career, a career in agriculture, or plan to attend college?. Journal of Agricultural Education, 56(1), 103-115. doi: 10.5032/jae.2015.01103

Barrick, R. K., Myers, B. E., & Samy, M. M. (2015). Adoption of innovative teaching strategies in active learning and experiential learning by Egyptian agricultural technical school instructors. Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, 7(2), 48-55. doi: 10.5897/JAERD2013.0680.

Wilcox, A. K., Shoulders, C. W., & Myers, B. E. (2014). Encouraging teacher change within the realities of school-based agricultural education: Lessons from teachers’ initial use of socioscientific issues-based instruction. Journal of Agricultural Education, 55(5), 16-29. doi: 10.5032/jae.2014.05015.

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. doi: 10.5032/jae.2013.01193.

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.
*Jack Everly Journal Award

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 Education, 53(3), 154-165. doi: 10.5032/jae.2012.03154.

Shoulders, C. W., & Myers, B. E. (2012). Teachers’ use of experimental learning stages in agricultural laboratories. Journal of Agricultural Education, 53(2), 124-138. doi: 10.5032/jae.2012.02124.

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: 10.5032/jae.2012.02058.

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, 41(1), 1-6. doi: 10.4195/jnrlse.2011g.

Israel, G. D., Myers, B. E., Lamm, A. J., & Galindo-Gonzalez, S. (2012). CTE students and science achievement: Does type of coursework and occupational cluster matter?Journal of Career and Technical Education Research, 37(1), 3-20. doi: 10.5328/cter37.1.3.

Myers, B. E., Barrick, R. K, & Samy, M. M. (2012). Stages of concern profiles for active learning strategies of Agricultural Technical Schools in Egypt. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 18(2), 161-174. doi: 10.1080/1389224.2012.655968.

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. doi:10.5191/jiaee.2011.18202.

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.
*Outstanding JAE Article

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), 96-106. doi:10.5032/jae.2011.01096.

Miller, C. 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.
*Outstanding NACTA Journal Article, Honorable Mention

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), 50-60. doi: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.
*Outstanding JAE Article

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.
*Outstanding JAE Article, 2nd place

 

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 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