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Agricultural Education and Communication

Agricultural Education and Communication

Headshot portrait of Matt Benge, Extension assistant professor

Matt Benge

Extension Assistant Professor

126B Bryant Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611

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Dr. Matt Benge is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC). Originally from Yulee, FL, Dr. Benge is a three-time alumnus of the University of Florida.

He earned his Bachelor of Science from the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, before turning his attention to AEC and received both his Master of Science and doctorate from this department, focusing in extension education.

Dr. Benge’s research focuses on the professional development of extension faculty, more specifically within educational training for extension faculty (program development, evaluation and leadership).

Additionally, Dr. Benge plays a key role in developing the Extension Faculty Development Academy, a cohort-based program tailored to training extension professionals in the state of Florida.

Recent Publications

Benge, M., & Harder, A. (2018). The effects of supervisor management on Extension agent job satisfaction. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 6(3). Available at

Benge, M., & Sowcik, M. (2018). Online leadership short course for county Extension directors. Journal of Extension, 56(6). Available at

Sowcik, M., Benge, M., & Niewoehner-Green, J. (2018). A practical solution to developing county Extension director’s leadership skills: Exploring the design, delivery and evaluation of an online leadership development program. Journal of Agricultural Education, 59(3), 139-153. Available at

Benge, M., & Harder, A. (2017). The Effects of Leader-Member Exchanges on the Relationships between Extension Agents and County Extension Directors in Florida. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 5(1). 


Outstanding Extension Specialist. Awarded by the Florida Association of Extension 4-H Agents, 2018.

Distinguished Innovative Practice Poster. Presented by the Association of Leadership Educators, 2017.

Seminar Honorarium Award. Presented by the Florida Association of Extension 4-H Agents, 2017.