John C. Ricketts, PhD

Professor, Teaching License Coordinator,
CASE Affiliate Profesor, and Focus Group Leader


Office Location: 101 Lawson Hall & Ag Ed STEM Building
Telephone: 615.630.0526
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
Extension Education


Click here to view a National Geographic Learning webinar where Dr. Ricketts describes his teaching philosophy.


Sullivan, M. L, Ricketts, J. C., & Faulkner, P. (in-press). 1890 Land-Grant institutions and school-based agricultural education preparation: A phenomenological study, NACTA Journal.

Kilonzo-Nthenge, A., Ricketts, J. C., & Pitchay, D. (in-press). Good agricultural practices training for Extension educators and limited-resource produce growers. Journal of Extension.

Ricketts, J. C., Godwin, S., Faulkner, P., & (2018). Integrating food science into high school agricultural education in Tennessee. Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research, 68.

Beaty, M., Ricketts, J. C., & Godwin, S. (2018). Impact of a poultry and egg food safety education workshop on 4-H Youth. Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research, 68.

Faulkner, P., Williams-Wheeler, M., & Ricketts, J. C. (2018). Case studies: A teaching strategy for promoting critical thinking in the 21st Century student. NACTA Journal, 62 (2).

Ricketts, J. C., Lewis, C., & Faulkner, P. (2018). Critical thinking dispositions of Tennessee agricultural educators. Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research, 67.

de Koff, J., Ricketts, J. C., Robbins, C., Illukpitiya, P., & Wade, A., (2017). Meeting stakeholder energy technology education needs using a mobile demonstration. Journal of Extension, 55 (6).

Duncan, D. W., Haas, R., & Ricketts (2016). A comparison of critical thinking skills of students enrolled in a college level global seminar course. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education.

Godwin, S., Work, E., Chambers IV, E., Chambers, D., Cates, S., & Ricketts, J. C. (2015). Does educational signage improve the usage of plastic bags by consumers for raw poultry? Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 115 (9), A52

Sanok, D. E., Stripling, C. T., Stephens, C. A., Ricketts, J. C., Estepp, C. M., & Conner, N. W. (2015). Professional development needs of Tennessee school-based agricultural education teachers. Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research, 65, 1-14.

Peake, J., Duncan, D. W., Parr, B., Ricketts, J. C., & Williams, J. (2013). An assessment of the needs of Georgian secondary agricultural educators. Online Journal for Workforce Education and Development. (6), 2.

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).


Fouladkhah, A., Kilonzo-Nthenge, A., & Ricketts, J. C. (2016). Building institutional capacity for assisting producers and processors in the new food safety regulatory landscape. USDA-NIFA-FSOCGP. -$59,959.00

Hall, J. & Ricketts, J. C. (2016). Examining perceptions, changing misconceptions and developing leaders to promote agricultural literacy. TN Soybean Association - $25,000.00.

Kilonzo-Nthenge, A. & Ricketts, J. C. Expanding Good Agricultural Practices (GAPS) for Fresh Produce Farmers in Tennessee. USDA-NIFA-CBG. $350,000.00

Hall, J. Ricketts, J. C., Broyles, T., Miller, T., Robbins, C., & Hayslett ,W. (2015). The Rolling PALACE- Preparing Agriculture Leaders for Action through Capacity- building and Education. USDA-NIFA-CBG. $456,000.00

Kilonzo, A., Pitchay, D., Tegegne, F., Nahashon, S., Ricketts, J. C. (2012-2015). Enhancing Food Safety Knowledge of Small to Medium-sized Produce Growers in Tennessee and Illinois. USDA-NIFA-CBG. $250,000.

de Koff, J., Ricketts, J., Illukpitiya, P., Wade, A., Robbins, C. (2012-2015). Building Extension Capacity Using a Mobile Biodiesel Production Platform. USDA-NIFA-CBG. $249,787.00.

Godwin, S., Chambers, E. (K-State), Cates, S. (RTI), Fur-chi, C., Chambers, D. (K-State), Kilonzo-Nthenge, A., Ricketts, J. C., & Nahashon, S. (2012-2017). Development of Science-based and Consumer-focused Messages to Improve Consumers' Storage, Handling, and Preparation of Poultry, Eggs, and Poultry Products. USDA-NIFA-AFRI. $2,224,883.00


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 4090 Internship in AEE


Outstanding Extension Faculty Member, College of Agriculture, 2016

Honorary American FFA Degree, National FFA Organization, 2013

Affiliate Professor, Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE), 2011-present

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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