Amanda Crump

Amanda Crump

Position Title
Assistant Professor of Teaching in International Agricultural Development

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3045 Wickson
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  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis; Education, 2018
  • M.S., Colorado State University; Plant Pathology and Weed Science, 2007
  • B.S., University of Idaho; Agricultural Education, 1997

Research interests and expertise:

The goals of my research program are to (1) improve the uptake of agricultural technologies by supporting scientists in the adaptation of technologies for vulnerable groups worldwide and (2) improve student and trainee learning through the adaptation of novel pedagogies by supporting teachers and extension educators by finding training and teaching strategies that work and supporting students and trainees to become better learners and better practitioners through critical thinking and reflection.

The problem that my research team and I are aiming to solve is the constant cycle of poverty that marginalized groups face. In the places where my team and I work, the most marginalized people are women and girls, indigenous peoples, people living with a disability, people of lower castes, refugees, nomadic peoples, and sexual minorities. These marginalized people comprise a disproportionate amount of the world’s poor people. They are caught in a cycle of poverty caused by discrimination, misguided development programs and exclusion. My research team is approaching this problem in three ways. We aim to (1) understand marginalized people better, (2) understand development program and technology adoption better, and (3) understand pedagogy better.

Current projects:

Current teaching:

  • Introduction to International Agricultural Development; IAD 10 (winter quarters)
  • Social Change and Agricultural Development; IAD 103 (spring quarters)
  • Program Development for International Agriculture; IAD 170 (fall quarters)
  • Philosophy and Practice of Agricultural Development; IAD 200N (fall quarters)
  • Project Planning and Evaluation; IAD 203N (winter quarters)
  • Extension, Outreach and Science Communication; PLS 298 (spring quarters)

Outreach and Extension:

I work with agricultural extension educators in low-income countries to increase their successfulness of incorporating gender equity and nutrition into their extension programs. Under my USAID Advancing Nutrition grant, I am developing International Extension Academies, which can be used by my colleagues when they do international work.

External activities that contribute to scholarship:

  • International Agricultural Development Graduate Group, Executive Committee
  • Rural Sociological Society, Gender and Sexualities Technical Interest Group Co-Chair

Prizes, Awards, Honors

  • 2020 Western Region Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences new teacher category
  • Distinguished Speaker, Virginia Tech Women and Gender Studies Discussion Series; “Unintended Consequences: Strategies to Limit Gender-based Violence in International Agricultural Development”; 2017
  • Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development, 2015
  • Outstanding Young Professional,  Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development, 2010

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  • International agricultural development
  • Non-formal education
  • Adult education
  • Gender equity
  • Nutrition
  • Vulnerable populations