James C. Anderson, II

Assistant Professor & Director of Distance and Graduate Education

  • Program Director, Online Master's of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Ph.D. 2007 University of Missouri-Columbia, Agricultural Education
  • M.S. 2003 University of Delaware at Newark, Econ Education and Entrepreneurship
  • B.S. 2000 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Agricultural Education
  • Kirton's Adaption-Innovation (KAI) Certified Practitioner

Dr. Anderson’s research program follows two trajectories: effective instructional strategies for knowledge acquisition and retention and recruitment and retention of underrepresented populations into agriculture. The first line of inquiry investigates environmental and cognitive factors impacting learner knowledge acquisition and retention. Similarly, the second line of inquiry investigates programming and/or interventions that impact behavior, specifically as it relates to motivation and sustained engagement of underrepresented groups. Special attention is given to the creation and evaluation of interventions that utilize non-traditional methods of instruction. Existing initiatives being conducted as part of this research are:

  • Effective instructional strategies for online instruction
  • Assessments of leadership activities toward career development
  • Factors affecting student engagement
  • Student motivation and academic achievement
  • Recruitment and retention of underrepresented populations into agriculture
  • Strategies for increasing global engagement in agricultural and life sciences
  • Kelinsky, L. & Anderson, J. C. (2015). Women’s leadership development training for [Program]. Journal of Leadership Education 15(1), 161-70. doi:1012806/V15/I1/A7
  • Anderson, J. C. (2013). An exploration of the motivational profile of secondary urban agriculture students. Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(2), 205-216. doi: 10.5032/jae.2013.02205.
  • Rosch, D. M., Anderson, J. C., & Jordan, S. (2012). Analyzing the effectiveness of multi-source feedback as a leadership development tool for college students. Journal of Leadership Studies, 6(3), 33-46. doi: 10.1002/jls.21254.
  • Vincent, S., Henry, A., & Anderson, J. C. (2012). College major choice for students of color: Toward a model of recruitment for the agricultural education profession. Journal of Agricultural Education, 53(4), 187-200. doi: 10.5032/jae.2012.04187.
  • Anderson, J. C., & Kim, E., (2009). Youth leadership development: Perceptions and preferences of secondary agriculture students toward youth leadership development. Journal of Agricultural Education, 50(1), 8-20. doi: 10.5032/jae.2009.01008.
  • Coers, N. Lorensen, M., Anderson, J. C. (2009). Case study: Student perceptions of groups & teams in leadership education. Journal of Leadership Education, 8(1), 93-110.
  • Anderson, J. C., (2008). I believe: A creed for recruiting teachers of agriculture. Illinois Agricultural Education Report.
  • Anderson, J. C. (2008). Problem-Based What? A case study on the learning outcomes of PBL. Agricultural Education Magazine 8(6), 8-10.
  • Anderson, J. C. (2006). Insights for recruiting underrepresented individuals into careers in agriculture, food and natural resources. Agricultural Education Magazine, 78(5), 11-13.
  • Innovative Poster Award 1st Runner-up. 2011. North Central Region-American Association for Agricultural Education.
  • Distinguished Research Paper. 2010. North Central Region-American Association for Agricultural Education.
  • Alan A. Kahler Outstanding Dissertation Award. 2008. American Association for Agricultural Education.
  • Outstanding Oral Research Presentation – Social Sciences Division. 2007. Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.
  • Research Poster Session 1st Runner-Up. 2006. North Central Region-American Association for Agricultural Education.
  • ALCE 3624: Communicating Agriculture in Writing
  • ALCE 3634: Communicating Agriculture and Life Sciences in Speaking
  • ALCE 5104: Research Applications in ALCE
  • LDRS 5464: Leadership in a Global Society
  • LDRS 5534: Cognition, Problem Solving, and Preferences for Change

James C Anderson II.

James C. Anderson, II
  • 540-231-2608
  • jcanders@vt.edu
  • 214 Litton-Reaves Hall
    Mail Code 0343
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
  • Fax: 540-231-3824