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Tiffany Drape

Assistant Professor
175 West Campus Drive
MC 0343
2420 Litton-Reaves Hall
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Ph.D., Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

M.A., Agriculture Education, Cornell University

B.S., Communications, Cornell University

A.A.S., Journalism Technology, Morrisville State College


Kirton's Adaption-Innovation (KAI) Certified Practitioner


Dr. Drape’s research is focused on program evaluation & evaluation capacity building, AI in biometrics, community viability, agriculture, and education. Project management and program evaluation experience with federally funded projects including NSF, USDA, NIH, ARC, and other state and regional agencies.

Dr. Drape is invested in mentoring undergraduate researchers to encourage their interests and guide them through the research process. Undergraduate researchers have investigated a variety of topics in the context of community viability and agriculture.

Dr. Drape is developing her extension and outreach plan in the context of agriculture, leadership, and community education.

CALS Global, OneHealth Partnership with: Egerton University, Kenya; University of Kigali, Rwanda; University of Kampala, Uganda “Curriculum Development in Agribusiness.” Institut Supérieur Agronomique et Vétérinaire (ISAV), Guinea. USAID

“Train the Trainer on Youth Empowerment Through Agriculture-Based Entrepreneurship Development.” 4-H Nepal, Nepal. USAID

  • Community based qualitative inquiry
  • Communicating Agriculture and Life Sciences in Speaking
  • Program Planning in Adult, Extension, and Agricultural Education
  • Foundations of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
  • Seminar in Growing Agriculture, Education, and Training Domestically and Internationally
  • Graduate Research Design
  • Graduate Research Methods
  • Serving International Agriculture & Education

Dharmarha, V., Boyer, R. R., Strawn, L. K., Drape, T. A., Eifert, J., Vallotton, A. D., Pruden, A., Ponder, M. A., (2020) An assessment of produce growers’ sanitizer knowledge and practices on the correct use of sanitizers. Food Protection Trends, (40)3 140-146.

Drape, T. A., Lawrence, C., Westfall-Rudd, D. M., (2020). A qualitative meta-analysis examining equity and inclusion in undergraduate and graduate populations.  NACTA Journal, in press.

Yang, L. L., Khalid, M. L., Duong, M. D., Kessinger, J. B., Ong, B. N., Drape, T. A., Williams, R. C. Archibald, T. G., Chapman, B. J., Boyer, R. R., (2019). Consumer response to mechanically tenderized beef (MTB) and MTB labels: An exploratory focus group study. Journal of Food Protection, (82)9 1484-1495.

Vincent, S. K., Drape, T. A., (2019). Evaluating micro expressions among undergraduate students during a class intervention exercise. NACTA Journal, 63(2) 133-139.

Drape, T. A., Morris, A., and Westfall-Rudd, D., (2019). Graduate student perceptions of inclusion in agriculture: A mixed methods study. NACTA Journal, 63(2) 100-108.

Robinson, K., Westfall-Rudd, D. M., Drape, T. A., Scherer, H. (2018). Conceptualizing Integrative Agricultural Education: Introductory Framework for Integrating Mathematics in Agricultural Curriculum. Journal of Agriculture Education, 59(4) 253-269.

Good, D.J., Gallo, S., Akers, J., Drape, T., Hu, D., Baab, L., (2017). VITAL: Evaluation of a digital learning object to enhance student learning of VITamins and minerALs. FASEB  Journal. 31(1).

Drape, T. A., Anderson, G., Church, A., Jain, S., Slabach, R., Amaral, J. (2017) Is diversity on their minds? Perceptions of diversity in an undergraduate population using a mixed-methods design. NACTA Journal. 61(3) 255-261.

Drape, T. A., Lopez, M., Radford, D. (2016). Teacher efficacy and professional development needs on mid-career agriculture educators integrating the Next Gen Science Standards and other content areas. Career and Technical Education Research, 41(1) 33-48. DOI:

Drape, T. A., Rudd, R., Lopez, M., Radford, D. (2016). Challenges and solutions to higher education institutions in Africa. International Journal of Education, 8(1) 43-58. DOI:

Cletzer, D. A., Rudd, R., Westfall-Rudd, D., Drape, T. A. (2016) Agricultural education and training in sub-Saharan Africa:  A three-step approach to AET institution building. International Journal of Education, 8(2) 73-87.

Schnittka, C., Evans, M., Won, S, Drape, T. A. (2016). After-School Spaces: Looking For Learning in All the Right Places. Research in Science Education, 1-24. doi:0.1007/s11165-015-9463-0

Newbill, P., Drape, T. A., Schnittka, C., Baum, L., Evans, M. A. (2015). Learning Across Space Instead of Over Time: Redesigning a School-Based STEM Curriculum for OST. Afterschool Matters, 22 4-12.

Evans, M. A., Won, S., & Drape, T. A. (2014). Interest-Driven Learning of STEM Concepts  Among Youth Interacting Through Social Media. International Journal of Social Media  and Interactive Learning Environments (IJSMILE), 2(1) 13-20. DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2014.059691

Evans, M. A., Lopez, M., Maddox, D., Drape, T. A., & Duke, R. (2014). Interest-driven learning among middle school youth in an out-of-school STEM studio. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 23(5), 624-640. doi: 10.1007/s10956-014-9490-z

Drape, T.A., Rudd, R. (2016). Improving Higher Education in Africa Through Changing Behavior. Presentation at Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Blacksburg, VA.

Rudd, R., Drape, T.A., Richter, K., Hammet, T. (2015). Challenges to Higher Education Institutions in Africa.Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education.Wageningen University, The Netherlands. 

Drape, T.A., Rudd, R., Lopez, M., Radford, D. (2015). Challenges and Solutions to Higher Education Institutions in Africa. International Journal of Education. Accepted, in press.

Drape, T.A., Lopez, M., Radford, D. (2015). Teacher Efficacy and Professional Development Needs on Mid-Career Agriculture Educators Integrating the Next Gen Science Standards and Other Content Areas. Career and Technical Education Research.  Accepted, in press.

Evans, M.A., Won, S., & Drape, T. A., (2014). Interest-Driven Learning of STEM Concepts Among Youth Interacting Through Social Media. International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments (IJSMILE), 2(1) 13-20. DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2014.059691

Evans, M., Lopez, M., Maddox, D., Drape, T., & Duke, R. (2014). Interest-Driven Learning Among Middle School Youth in an Out-of-School STEM Studio. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1-17. doi: 10.1007/s10956-014-9490-z

Newbill, P., Drape, T.A., Schnittka, C., Baum, L., Evans, M.A. (2014). Re-designing for a Studio-Based Integrative STEM Learning Program. Afterschool Matters. Submitted.

Burbaugh, B., Drape, T.A., Westfall-Rudd, D., (2014). The Perceived Importance of Interaction on Student Satisfaction in Online Environments. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal. Submitted.

Drape, T.A., Westfall-Rudd, D., Guthrie, J., Doak, S., Mykerezi, P., (2013). Technology Integration in an Agriculture Associate's Degree Program: A Case Study Guided by Rogers' Diffusion of Innovation. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal, 57 (1) 24-35.  Drape March 2013.pdf

Creamer, E.G., Drape, T.A., Ghoston, M.R., Ruff, C., Mukuni, J., (2013). Using Popular Media and a Collaborative Approach to Teaching Grounded Theory Research Methods. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 24 (3) 415-420.

Epler, C.M., Drape, T.A., Broyles, T., Rudd, R., (2013).  The Influence of Collaborative Reflection and Think-Aloud Protocols on Pre-Service Teachers’ Reflection: A Mixed Methods Approach.  Journal of Agriculture Education, 54 (1) pp. 47-59. doi: 10.5032/jae.2013.01047

  • 2015   Teacher of the Week, CIDER, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • 2014  Outstanding Article, Journal of Agriculture Education, Volume 54
  • 2012  Outreach and Service Award, Giles County Public School System, Pembroke, VA
  • 2011  Distinguished Research Presentation, American Association for Agricultural Education, Coeur d'Alene, ID
  • 2010  Nominee, X-Caliber Award for exceptional, high-caliber contributions to technology-enriched teaching and learning, Virginia Tech
  • 2009  Outstanding Research Award, Association of Career and Technical Education Research Conference.  Nashville, TN
  • 2008  New York Association of Agriculture Educators.  Finalist, Outstanding Young Teacher