John C. Ricketts, PhD

Extension Associate Professor
Program Leader, Agricultural and Extension Education 


Office Location: 203 Lawson Hall
Telephone: 615.963-7620
FAX: 615.963-5888


2003 - University of Florida, PhD
2000 - Middle Tennessee State University, MVTE
1996 - Middle Tennessee State University, BS


Agriculture Student Achievement
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, & Decision-making
Youth Leadership Development


Tippens, A., Ricketts, J. C., Navarro, M., Morgan, A. C., & Flanders, F. (2012). Teachers' Self-Perceptions of Retention and Attrition among Teachers of Agriculture. Proceedings of the Southern Association of Agricultural Education Conference, Birmingham, AL.

Ricketts, C. & Ricketts, J. C. (2011). Leadership: Personal growth and career success. 3rd edition. Delmar. Clifton Park, NY.

Pollard, M., Duncan, D., & Ricketts, J. C. (2011). Assessing Critical Thinking Skills of Undergraduate Pre-service Teachers: Implications for Curriculum Development " Proceedings of the 2011 NACTA/DOCE Conference, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Kennedy, C., Ricketts, J. C., & Duncan, D. W. (2011). Relationships between agriculture teacher efficacy and decision to teach among agriculture education majors. Proceedings of the Southern Association of Agricultural Education Conference, Corpus Christi, TX.

Hadsock, Q., Peake, J. B., Parr, B. A., Ricketts, J. C., & Duncan, D. W. (2011). The impact of middle school agricultural education programs as perceived by Georgia middle school principals. Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research (61).

Duncan, D. W., Ricketts, J. C., Shultz, T. (2011). Science, math, social studies, and language arts achievement of high school students in complete programs of agriscience education: A baseline study. Online Journal for Workforce Education and Development.

Lenhardt, M., Ricketts, J. C., Morgan, A. C., & Karnok, K. J. (2011). Leadership behaviors of Georgia golf course superintendents: Implications for post-secondary programs. NACTA Journal (55) 4, 23-30.

Walker, B., Morgan, A. C., Ricketts, J. C., & Duncan, D. (2011). The impact of beef cattle projects on Youth Leadership Life Skills Development. Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research and Practice.

Eason, M., Morgan, A. C., Duncan, D. W., & Ricketts, J. C. (Spring, 2011). The influence of past experiences on the motivation of adult volunteers. Journal of Youth Development: Research and Practice, 6 (1), Article110601FA005.

Miller, C.C., Carr, C.C., Brendemuhl, J.H., Ricketts, J.C., Myers, B.E., & Roberts, T.G. (2011). Quantifying the critical thinking skills of students who receive instruction in meat-animal or meat product evaluation. NACTA Journal, 55 (1).


Singh, S. P., Comer, S., Pitchay, D., Ekanem, E., & Ricketts, J. (2010-2012). Building Capacity in Graduate Agricultural and Extension Education: Curriculum and Instructional Delivery through Integration of Technology. 1890 Institution Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grants (CBG) Program. $84,186.00.

Ricketts, J. C. (2011-2015). Professional Development for Agriculture Education Teachers. Tennessee Department of Education. $42,500.00.

Ricketts, J. C. (2009). Global Apprentice Teaching: Exploration and Development of International Apprentice Teaching Options in Secondary Agricultural Education in Ghana. 2009-2010 Scholarship of Engagement Grants Program Pre-Proposal. $5,227.00.

Roberts, T. G. (2009-2012). Teaching Locally, Engaging Globally: Enhancing the Undergraduate Curriculum. USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant. (Total Project Costs $982,111; Sponsor Support, $459,770). Co-PIs, Navarro, M.; Dooley, K. E.; Lindner, J. R., Harder, A., Stedman, N. L. P., Ricketts, J. C., Hartmann, M., Duncan, D., Murphrey, T. P., Ames, G. C. W., & Kanemasu, E.

Bertrand, J., Broder, J., Navarro, M., Duncan, D., Ricketts, J. C., Peake, J., Morgan, C., King, D., & Williams, J. (2009). Empowering faculty to deliver distance education courses. USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant. $138,099.

Friedel, C., Ricketts, J. C., Rhoades, E., Rudd, R., Irani, T., & Stedman, N. (2008). Factors of Student Engagement in Agricultural Education Programs – National FFA Student Engagement Grant - $79,791.


AGSC 5010 Pedagogy in Agr & Ext Education (AEE)

AGSC 5040 Program Planning, Mgt, & Eval in AEE

AGSC 5030 Organizational Leadership Dev in AEE

AGSC 5020 Experiential Education in AEE

AGSC 3050 Introduction to AEE

AGSC 3060 Intra-curricular and Related Activities in AEE

AGSC 3070 Methods of Teaching AEE

AGSC 3080 Ag Mech Lab Management in AEE

AGSC 3090 Supervised Agricultural Experiences in AEE

AGSC 4760 Internship in AEE


Outstanding Young Agricultural Educator, American Association of Agricultural Education (AAAE), Southern Region, 2008

Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award, University of Georgia (UGA), 2008, 2007, 2005

Outstanding Academic Advisor Award, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (CAES), UGA, 2007

Award for Greatly Contributing to Career Development of Students, Class of 2006 & UGA Career Center

Gamma Sigma Delta Jr. Achievement in Teaching Award, 2006

Teacher of Teachers, National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), Gold Award – 2006; Silver – 2005; Bronze - 2004

30 Minute Club Award for promoting Agricultural Education, NAAE, 2010, 2006, 2005, 2003

Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award, UGA Collegiate FFA Association, 2005

Who's Who in Agriculture Academia, 2004

Outstanding Graduate Student, Agricultural Education and Communication, University of Florida, 2002

Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture, University of Florida, 2002

Alpha Tau Alpha Honor Society of Agriculture Education, 2001
























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