Agricultural Education and Communication

Agricultural Education and Communication

Headshot portrait of Ed Osborne, professor of agricultural education

Ed Osborne


407 Rolfs Hall
PO Box 110540
Gainesville, FL 32611

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Dr. Ed Osborne is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC). Originally from Independence, VA, Osborne’s path to the University of Florida included stops to earn his B.S and M.S. degrees from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, all in agricultural education.

Previously a high school agriculture teacher, Osborne joined the University of Illinois faculty, teaching undergraduate and graduate students in agricultural education and delivering professional development programs for agriscience teachers for 15 years before accepting his position as a faculty member at the University of Florida.

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, as well as agriscience teachers’ personal resilience and well-being.

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, 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. Osborne enjoys facilitating strategic planning sessions and has led nearly 40 groups through this planning process in recent years.