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Grady Roberts


220 Rolfs Hall
PO Box 112060
Gainesville, FL 32611

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Dr. Grady Roberts is a professor of agricultural education, and has been with the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC) since 2008. He grew up in a military family and has lived all over the world, but considers Florida home. Roberts is a three-time alumnus of the University of Florida (UF), receiving his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in agricultural education.

Prior to coming to UF, Roberts earned professional experience for four years as an assistant professor at Texas A&M University, three years as a graduate teaching assistant at UF, and ten years as an agricultural science teacher in Hillsborough County, Florida.

Roberts focuses his research on a few topics that include global education, experiential learning, and teaching and learning in university settings.

In addition to his research and teaching appointments, Roberts helps direct the Global Education Lab, a collaborative effort among faculty members at various universities across the nation, focused on advancing the scholarship related to globally integrated educational programs in food, agriculture, natural resources and related sciences. He also helps coordinate the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Teaching Resource Center.

Awards and Honors

Distinguished Article, Journal of International and Extension Education, 2019.

Distinguished Teaching Scholar, University of Florida, 2018.

Teaching Scholar Award, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA), 2018.

Outstanding Leadership Award, Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education, 2018.

Distinguished Article, Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 2018.

Outstanding Article (2nd Runner-up), Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 2017.

Outstanding Article, Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research, 2017.

E.B. Knight Journal Award, NACTA Journal, 2016.

Online Excellence Award - Graduate Courses, University of Florida, 2016.

Fellow, American Association for Agricultural Education, 2015.

Jack Everly Journal Award, NACTA Journal, 2015.

Outstanding Agricultural Educator, Southern Region, American Association for Agricultural Education, 2015.

Fellow, Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education, 2014.

E.B. Knight Journal Award, NACTA Journal, 2014

Article of the Year (Runner Up), Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 2014.

E. B. Knight Journal Award, NACTA Journal, 2013.

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, 2012.

Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences Award - New Teacher Category, United States Department of Agriculture, 2010.

Recent Grants 

  • PI. (2018-2021). Preparing organizational leaders in agriculture through innovative leadership case studies contextualized in agricultural disasters (USDA/NIFA). $747,980.
  • Co-PI. (2015-2020). Support for Agricultural Research and Development Program in Haiti (USAID). PI, Rosalie Koenig. ($13,730,000).
  • (2014-2015). Using Case Study Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs) to Facilitate Critical Thinking in Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources (APLU). ($2,000).
  • Co-PI. (2015-2018). Teaching Locally, Engaging Globally: Creating a Community of Global Thinking Fellows. $642,776). PI, Nicole Stedman. Co-PIs, T. Grady Roberts, Amy Harder, Lisa Lundy, James Lindner, Robert Strong, Kim E. Dooley, Cristopher Stripling.
  • Co-PI. (2014-2016). Innovation for Agricultural Technical Education (USAID). ($124,550 subaward to Roberts). PI, Sandra Russo. Co-PI, Nikki Kernaghan.
  • 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.