KELLIE ENNS Combines Award-Winning Teaching with Program Leadership BEING RECOGNIZED WITH A PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD … Expanding an Agricultural Education Program from the ground up … Conducting on-site visits for aspiring teachers … This is all just part of the job for Kellie Enns, assistant professor of agricultural education in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Enns leads Colorado State University’s Agricultural Education Program, a program that just a few years ago was new in the College of Agricultural Sciences. “Our program has at least doubled in size over the last two years,” said Enns. “We have expanded our course offerings, most notably in experiential learning and power ag mechanics. We have added an agricultural literacy concentration; our major has allowed us to collaborate with other units in our college and across campus.” Once the only faculty member in the program, Enns is now joined by Assistant Professor Michael Martin, who studies agricultural literacy, and instructor Nathan Clark. Before relocating to the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Agricultural Education Program was housed in CSU’s School of Education. Enns notes that being a part of the College of Agricultural Sciences allows students to receive “training in context” where they can connect directly with faculty and staff members who conduct agricultural research and teach undergraduates studying agriculture. One of the most tangible results of Enns’ leadership and the program’s new connection to the college was a strengthening of the relationship among Colorado State University, the Colorado Community College System, and Colorado FFA. The Colorado FFA Foundation played a key role in fundraising for the
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new CoBank Center for Agricultural Education currently under construction at the Agricultural Research Development and Education Center northeast of the CSU campus. “The Colorado Community College System, Colorado FFA, and the Colorado FFA Foundation know the impact of a strong teacher education program,” said Enns. “They are acutely aware of how our program can impact high school students and community college students, as well as the undergraduates enrolled at CSU.” Not only is Enns a passionate advocate for agricultural education, she is an award-winning teacher and scholar who has been recognized both by CSU and national organizations. In May 2014, Enns was recognized with a Jack E. Cermack Outstanding Advisor Award from CSU for work “above and beyond the basic good advising role.” In November 2014, Enns was one of only two people to win the New Teacher Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. This award recognizes the successes of teaching programs in agriculture, food and natural resources. “I hope that this award will further elevate our program,” said Enns. “To receive such a prestigious national award is both an honor and a recognition of the great individuals who are impacting our program. This impact will only grow with our program’s expansion and when our new building is completed.” Enns is also a two-time CSU graduate receiving her Master of Agriculture in 1996 and a Ph.D. in education and human resource studies in 2008.