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Dr. Dexter B. Wakefield

Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education and Mechanics

Post-Doc Studies, Management Development Program, Harvard University, 2012

Ph.D., Agricultural Education and Extension, Purdue University, 2001

M.S., Agricultural Education and Extension, Purdue University, 1998

B. S. Agriculture Education, Fort Valley State University, 1986

Courses taught within the past 2-3 years::
  • AG 2373 – Introduction to Agricultural Engineering
  • AG 4307 – Professional Development in Agriculture
  • AG 4343 – Organization and Management
  • AG 5320 – History and Philosophy of Agriculture Education
  • AG 5330 – Research Methods
Interests and Specialties:
  • Critical Race Theory in Education Reformation
  • Youth development through experiential learning
  • Cultural identity within the pedagogical applications of pre/post service teacher training
  • Diversity Issues in Agriculture, Education and Extension
  • Learning Disabled Students in Agricultural Education and Extension
  • Agricultural Literacy for nontraditional Urban/Rural Populations
After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Dr. Wakefield taught high school agriculture education and mechanics in the state of Georgia. He eventually went back to school to further his education at Purdue University. Dr. Wakefield served 11 years as a faculty member in agricultural education at Southern Illinois University where he served as coordinator of the program. Prior to coming to Texas State University he served as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the National FFA Organization and as an Education Research Coordinator for Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis. Dr. Wakefield has served as national president of two organizations; the Alpha Tau Alpha Honorary Agriculture Education Organization and the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. He is married to Kelli, a registered nurse, and has two kids; Dexter II and Kelleigh. In his free time he likes to “work”, but sometimes have time for golf, baseball, to ride his motorcycle, and weight train.