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