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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
Executive Director CIRED


Austin Council

Instructor & Coordinator, Leadership and Social Change Minor

Loy Van Crowder


Tiffany Drape

Assistant Professor

Curtis R. Friedel

Associate Professor
Director and Co-Founder, Center for Cooperative Problem Solving (CCPS)

Eric K. Kaufman

Professor and Associate Department Head
Interim Graduate Director

Christian Mariger


Mikel Manchester

Associate Specialist

Garland Mason

AgrAbility Virginia Coordinator

Brett Milliken

Collegiate Assistant Professor
Director, Virginia Governor's School for Agriculture


Kim L. Niewolny

Associate Professor 
Director, Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program
Director, Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation

Nesma O. Osman

Postdoctoral Associate

Rick Rudd

Professor and Community Viability Chair
Director, Workforce Education and Development; Center for International Research Education and Development
LSCRC Faculty Principal


Tracy Rutherford

Professor and Department Head
Interim Graduate Director


Hannah H. Scherer

Associate Professor, Extension Specialist


Megan M. Seibel

Director, Virginia Agriculture Leaders Obtaining Results (VALOR)
Director and Co-Founder, Center for Cooperative Problem Solving (CCPS)


Hannah M. Sunderman

Assistant Professor


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