CFAES appoints Shannon Washburn as ACEL chair

CFAES Dean Cathann A. Kress has announced the appointment of Shannon Washburn as professor and chair of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL). His four-year term will begin on July 1.

“Dr. Washburn brings a dynamic blend of experience, scholarship, and vision, which will continue the momentum in ACEL and help advance the overall mission of our college,” Kress said. 

Washburn earned his PhD in agricultural education from the University of Missouri, his MS in secondary education with an emphasis in agricultural education from Kansas State University, and a BS in agricultural education with a minor in animal science and industry, also from Kansas State.

Washburn is currently the assistant dean for academic programs at Kansas State, where he focuses on policy, student success, faculty development, and curriculum and assessment. He has held various positions prior to his current role, including:

  • Professor and associate professor of agricultural education, Department of Communications and Agricultural Education, College of Agriculture, Kansas State University 
  • Assistant professor, Agricultural Education and Communication Department, University of Florida
  • Graduate assistant, Department of Agricultural Education, University of Missouri
  • Instructor, Department of Secondary Education, Kansas State
  • Agricultural education teacher, Unified School District 210, Hugoton, Kansas 

Washburn is an accomplished researcher and leader and has received numerous teaching and advising awards and several journal article and conference paper awards across his career. He has worked on several grant-funded projects, the most notable being projects on reducing postharvest loss (funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development) and on climate change education (funded by the National Science Foundation).

Washburn has completed the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI) and LEAD21 leadership programs and has a strong mix of faculty experiences, including publishing and presenting research, providing Extension programming, advising undergraduate and graduate students, serving his campus and the profession, and presenting internationally including in Haiti, Egypt, and Kenya.