Former assistant Extension professor and Extension specialist, science of agriculture
Current work, research and interests
Joshua's primary research interests relate to the integration of science and engineering, inquiry-based instruction, and experiential learning with in science education and non-formal 4-H youth learning settings while developing the 4-H Science of Agriculture Response (SOAR) curriculum and destination event.
Prior to joining University of Minnesota Extension, Josh taught agricultural sciences and acted as FFA adviser at Southern High School in Annapolis, Maryland.
Academic degrees and experience
- Ph.D. in human and community development, West Virginia University, 2012
- M.A. in agriculture, forestry and consumer sciences, West Virginia University, 2010
- Teacher certification in agricultural education grades 6-12, West Virginia University, 2009
- B.S. in animal and veterinary sciences, West Virginia University, 2007
Rice, J. E., Rugg, B., & Davis, S. (2016). Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge: Infusing Agricultural Science and Engineering Concepts into 4-H Youth Development. Journal of Extension, 54(3). doi:3IAW4.
Rice, J.E.;(2014). Science of Agriculture Response (SOAR): Integrating science content standards into 4-H youth development curriculum and 4-H projects. Presented at the12th Annual North Central Region American Association of Agricultural Educators Research Conference, Morgantown, West Virginia.
Rice, J.E., LaVergne, D.D., & Gartin, S.A. (2012). Agricultural teacher perceptions of school components as motivational factors to continue teaching and demotivational factors to discontinue teaching. Journal of Career and Technical Education, 26(2), 105-115.
Rice, J.E., LaVergne, D., Gartin, S.A. (2013). Examining agricultural mechanic competencies of former high school agricultural education students. Presented at the 2013 American Association of Agricultural Educators National Research Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
Kneer, A.M., LaVergne, D., Rice, J.E., Gartin, S.A., Kessell, J.E. (2013). An Urban Fair for Underrepresented Youth in 4-H: The Baltimore City 4-H Expo. Presented at the 2013 American Association of Agricultural Educators National Research Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
Rice, J. E. (2014, January/February). Utilizing various media sources to recruit students into high school agricultural science programs. Agricultural Education Magazine, 86(4), 13-15.