Rick D. Rudd

Community Viability Chair of Excellence, Professor and Department Head

Ph.D.  Vocational and Technical Education, Virginia Tech, May 1994

M.S.  Agricultural Education, The Ohio State University, August 1988

B.S.  Agriculture, The Ohio State University, December 1985

 

Major Awards:

  • American Association of Agricultural Education Fellow
  • USDA National Teaching Award
  • North America Colleges and Teacher of Agriculture Teaching Award of Excellence
  • Association of Leadership Educators Distinguished Leadership and Service Award
  • University of Florida Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars

Dr. Rudd's research interests include teaching for critical thinking, and organizational leadership.   He has directed and co-directed over two-million dollars in funded scholarship efforts.  Rudd has international experience in Russia, Senegal, and Honduras. 

Kaufman, E.K. , Israel, G.D., & Rudd, R.D., (2008).  Exploring goal setting as a tool for leadership development.  Journal of Leadership Studies.  Accepted, In Press.

Jones, D. W.W., & Rudd, R.D., (2008).  Transactional, Transformational, or Laissez-Faire Leadership: An assessment of College of Agriculture Academic Program Leaders (Deans) Leadership Styles.  Journal of Agricultural Education.  49 (2). 88-97.

Rudd, R.D., (2007).  Defining Critical Thinking.  Techniques.  86 (2).

Friedel, C.R., Irani, T. A., Rudd, R.D., & Gallo, M (2007).  Overtly teaching critical thinking and inquiry-based learning: A comparison of two undergraduate biotechnology classes.  Journal of Agricultural Education.  Accepted, In Press.

Kaufman, E. & Rudd, R.D., (2007).  Rural leadership development: A synthesis of research.  Journal of Leadership Education.  5 (3). 128-141.

Carter, H. S., & Rudd, R.D. (2006).  Leadership Expectations of County Farm Bureau Board Members.  Journal of Southern Agricultural Education.  56, (1). http://pubs.aged.tamu.edu/jsaer/pdf/Vol56/56-01-163.pdf

Friedel, C., & Rudd, R.D., (2006).  Critical thinking and learning styles of undergraduate students.  Journal of Agricultural Education.  47 (4).  102-111.

Morgan, A.C., & Rudd, R.D., (2006).  Teaching leadership in agricultural science: Behavioral factors that influence secondary agricultural science leadership instruction.  Journal of Agricultural Education.  47 (3).  33-44.

Stedman, N.L. P., & Rudd, R.D., (2006).  Factors contributing to volunteer administration leadership proficiency of southern region 4-H county faculty.  Journal of Agricultural Education.  47 (2). 56-66.

Moore, L.L., & Rudd, R.D., (2006).  Leadership styles of extension leaders.  Journal of Agricultural Education.  47, (1), 6-16.

Kaufman, E., & Rudd, R.D., (2006).  Local Farm Bureau leadership needs assessment: A qualitative study.  Journal of Agricultural Education.  47, (1), 53-63.

Stedman, N.L.P., & Rudd, R.D. (2006).  Leadership styles and volunteer administration competence: Perceptions of 4-H county faculty in the United States.  Journal of Extension.  44(1). Article #1R1B6.

Rudd’s extension efforts include continued professional education for extension personnel, community viability and sustainable agriculture in local communities.  Rudd also is working with workforce development efforts to ensure a qualified workforce in agriculture.

  • Theory in Agricultural and Community Education
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Interpersonal leadership

Dr. Rudd is the Community Viability Chair of Excellence, Professor and Department Head of Agricultural and Extension Education at Virginia Tech.  He served as Interim Associate Dean and Director of Virginia Cooperative Extension and Professor in 2009 – 2010.  He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1994 in Vocational and Technical Education.  Dr. Rudd earned his bachelors and masters degrees from the Ohio State University.

Dr. Rudd's research interests include teaching for critical thinking, and decision-making.   He has directed and co-directed over four-million dollars in funded scholarship efforts.  Rudd has international experience in Russia, Senegal, Tanzania, Dominican Republic, Mozambique, and Honduras.

Rudd completed an ESCOP / ACOP (LEAD 21) leadership development program and was a Fellow in Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI, cohort 8).   

Dr. Rudd's professional accomplishments include being named the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Teacher of the Year, receiving the Association of Leadership Educators Distinguished Service and Leadership award, and receiving the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award of Merritt. Rudd is a member of the University Of Florida Academy Of Distinguished Teaching Scholars.  Dr. Rudd won the USDA teaching award in 2006. Rudd is a senior Fellow in the American Association for Agricultural Education and currently serves as the Chair of the Organization.

His professional affiliations include the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (President 2012-2013), the Association of Leadership Educators (President 2005-2006), the American Association of Agricultural Educators, Alpha Zeta (currently advises the Virginia Tech Chapter), Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, and Sigma Xi. 

Rick D. Rudd
  • (540) 231-6836
  • rrudd@vt.edu
  • 214 Litton-Reaves Hall
    Blacksburg, Virginia
    24061
  • Fax: (540) 231-3824