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Faculty

The faculty of the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech are committed to preparing students for success in professions that include formal and non-formal teaching and learning in agriculture, as well as skills for leading agricultural organizations and communities. 

Thomas G. Archibald

Associate Professor, Graduate Programs Director
 

Austin Council

Instructor & coordinator, Leadership and Social Change Minor
 

Loy Van Crowder

Professor

Tiffany Drape

Assistant Professor
 

Curtis R. Friedel
Associate Professor, Director, Center for Cooperative Problem Solving


Eric K. Kaufman

Professor and Associate Department Head

 

Christian Mariger

Instructor

 

Garland Mason

AgrAbility Virginia Coordinator

 

Kim L. Niewolny

Associate Professor, Director, Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program

Director, Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation

 

Richard Rateau

Assistant Professor

 

Rick Rudd

Professor and Community Viability Chair, 

Director, Workforce Education and Development; Center for International Research Education and Development

 

Tracy Rutherford

Professor and Department Head

 

Hannah H. Scherer

Associate Professor, Extension Specialist

 

Megan M. Seibel

Director, Virginia Agriculture Leaders Obtaining Results (VALOR)

Associate Director, Center for Cooperative Problem Solving (CCPS)
 

Frank Shushok

Associate Professor, VP Student Affiars 

 

Katie Trozzo

Program Associate

 

Crystal Tyler-Mackey

Extension Leader, Inclusion and Diversity

 

Karen Vines

Assistant Professor, Continuing Professional Education Specialist

 

Jerald Walz

Collegiate Assistant Professor

 

Donna Westfall-Rudd

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Programs Director