Debra Spielmaker

Agricultural Literacy/Education; STEM Education, CTE Education


Debra Spielmaker

Contact Information

Office Hours: Varies, an email will get a response within 24-hours
Office Location: ASTE 109
Phone: (435) 213-5562
Email: debra.spielmaker@usu.edu

Educational Background

PhD, Curriculum & Instruction, (Instructional Technology), Utah State University, 2013
Evaluating the Effectivness of the Utah Career and Technical Introduction Course
MS, Agricultural Education, Utah State University, 1985
A comparison of employee demand and job-entry requirements for Utah's farm implement industry in 1981 and 1985
BS, Agricultural Education, (Plant Science, Political Science), Utah State University, 1984

Licensures & Certifications

Utah Biology Teacher Certification, Utah State Office of Education, 1989

Biography

Debra Spielmaker is a Professor in the School of Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education. She serves as the department graduate chair and is also the Team leader of the USDA-NIFA sponsored National Center for Agricultural Literacy.

Teaching Interests

agricultural literacy, STEM, adult education, and career education

Research Interests

Agricultural literacy, STEM education, career education, Project-based Learning

Awards

2020 American Association for Agricultural Education Distinguished Extension Educator, 2020

American Association for Agricultural Education Distinguished Extension Educator

Governor’s Medal for K-12 STEM Education , 2017

Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development

American Association for Agriculture Education, First Place Innovation Poster: A logic model for agricultural literacy (2014)., 2014

American Association for Agriculture Education

Utah State Univeristy Greats of 2012, 2013

Utah State University

First Place Innovation Poster: InterAgtion and Curriculum Mapping for Agricultural Lilteracy, 2012

Western Region American Association for Agriculural Education

Utah State University Extension Nominee for Excellence in Extension Award Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Cooperative Extension, 2011

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Co-Chair of Agricultural Literacy Standards Summit, 2011

United States Department of Agriculture

Arch of Fame Award, 2010

Utah Association of Family and Consumer Science Teachers

Second Place Conception/Innovation Poster: K-6 Online Course Professional Development, 2010

Western Region American Association for Agricultural Education

Outstanding (First Place) Conception/Innovation Poster: Growing A Nation, 2007

Western Region American Association for Agricultural Education

State FFA Degree, 2007

Distinguished Achievement Award for Growing a Nation: The Story of American Agriculture, 2006

The Association of Educational Publishers

Service to the Industry Award, 2006

Dairy Farmers of Utah

E.G. Peterson Award, 2004

Utah State University Extension

Outstanding Food Land and People Program Leadership Award, 2004

Food, Land & People Inc.

Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award, 2004

Cache County Farm Bureau

Aggie Blue Pride Light Honoree, 2003

Utah State University

American Association for the Advancement of Science Website Excellence Award , 2003

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Extension Merit Increase Award, 2003

Utah State University Extension

State Science Textbook Review Committee, 2003

Utah State Office of Education

Outstanding Food, Land & People Program, 2002

Food, Land & People Inc.

Taggart-Ballard Award of Excellence, 2001

Utah State Univerisity Extension

National Agriculture Initiative Award, Winner, 2000

Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium

Taggart-Ballard Award of Excellence, 2000

Utah State University Extension

Friend of Agriculture Award, 1999

Utah Farm Bureau Federation

National Agriculture Initiative Award, 1999

Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium

President’s Service Award, 1998

Utah Association of Conservation Districts


Publications | Abstracts

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Publications | Fact Sheets

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Curriculum

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Journal Articles

    Academic Journal

    • Christensen, J., Warnick, B.K, Spielmaker, D., Tarpley, R.S, Straquadine, G., (2009). Agricultural inservice needs of technology, life and careers teachers. Journal of Agricultural Education, 50:4, 1-13. doi: 10.5032/jae.2009.04001

    Professional Journal

      An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

      Publications | MultiMedia

      Software

      An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

      Publications | Technical Reports

      Research Reports

      Other Reports

      An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

      Publications | Other

      Magazine/Trade Publications

      Other

      An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

      Teaching

      ASTE 7810 - Research Seminar, Fall 2020
      ASTE 7170 - Program Theory and Evaluation, Spring 2020
      ASTE 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2019
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Fall 2019
      ASTE 7900 - Independent Study, Fall 2019
      ASTE 6170 - Program Planning and Evaluation, Fall 2019
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Summer 2019
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Summer 2019
      ASTE 6950 - Graduate Internship, Summer 2019
      ASTE 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Spring 2019
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Spring 2019
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Spring 2019
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Spring 2019
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Spring 2019
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Spring 2019
      ASTE 6460 - Integrating Career and Tech Educ Curriculum with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Spring 2019
      ASTE 6140 - Reading and Applying Research, Spring 2019
      ASTE 6970 - Research and Thesis, Spring 2019
      ASTE 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2018
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Fall 2018
      ASTE 6950 - Graduate Internship, Fall 2018
      ASTE 6160 - Foundations of Adult Education, Summer 2018
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Summer 2018
      ASTE 6950 - Graduate Internship, Summer 2018
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Spring 2018
      ASTE 6950 - Graduate Internship, Spring 2018
      ASTE 6140 - Reading and Applying Research, Spring 2018
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Fall 2017
      ASTE 6950 - Graduate Internship, Fall 2017
      ASTE 6170 - Program Planning and Evaluation, Fall 2017
      ASTE 6160 - Foundations of Adult Education, Summer 2017
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Summer 2017
      ASTE 6950 - Graduate Internship, Summer 2017
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Spring 2017
      FCSE 6950 - Graduate Internship, Spring 2017
      ASTE 6460 - Integrating Career and Tech Educ Curriculum with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Spring 2017
      ASTE 6170 - Program Evaluation, Spring 2017
      TEE 5910 - Special Problems in Engineering and Technology Education, Spring 2017
      TEE 5910 - Special Problems in Engineering and Technology Education, Spring 2017
      TEE 5910 - Special Problems in Engineering and Technology Education, Spring 2017
      ASTE 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2016
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Fall 2016
      ASTE 6160 - Foundations of Adult Education, Summer 2016
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Summer 2016
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Spring 2016
      FCSE 6950 - Graduate Internship, Spring 2016
      ASTE 6140 - Reading and Applying Research, Spring 2016
      FCSE 6180 - Administration and Program Planning, Fall 2015
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Fall 2015
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Summer 2015
      FCSE 6950 - Graduate Internship, Summer 2015
      ASTE 6170 - Program Evaluation, Summer 2015
      TEE 5910 - Special Problems in Engineering and Technology Education, Summer 2015
      TEE 5910 - Special Problems in Engineering and Technology Education, Summer 2015
      TEE 5910 - Special Problems in Engineering and Technology Education, Summer 2015
      ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study in Career and Technical Education, Spring 2015
      ASTE 6460 - Integrating Career and Tech Educ Curriculum with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Spring 2015
      ASTE 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2014
      ASTE 6160 - Foundations of Adult Education and Program Evaluation, Fall 2014
      FCSE 6140 - Evaluation and Ethics of Research in Education and Extension, Spring 2014
      TEE 6150 - Evaluation and Assessment, Fall 2013
      TEPD 5560 - Special Topics, Summer 2013
      TEPD 5560 - Special Topics, Spring 2013
      TEPD 5560 - Special Topics, Fall 2012
      TEAL 5560 - Special Topics, Fall 2011
      TEPD 5560 - Special Topics, Fall 2011
      EDUC 5560 - ST: FOOD LAND, & PEOPLE, Spring 2011
      ASTE 6400 - Food, Land, and People, Fall 2010
      ASTE 6400 - Food, Land, and People, Fall 2010
      EDUC 5560 - Special Topics, Fall 2010

      Extension

      Civil Rights, 2007 - 2025
      Student Outreach, 1994 - 2025
      USDA-NIFA Agriculture in the Classroom, 2012 - 2018
      Teacher In-Service & Recognition, 2007 - 2013
      Development & Distribution of Instructional Resources, 1994 - 2013
      Agricultural Organization Presentations, 1994 - 2013
      Pre-service Teacher Training, 2011 - 2013

      Graduate Students Mentored

      Jennifer Samples, Agricultural Systems Technology & Education, August 2020
      Melia Balls, Agricultural Systems Technology & Education, January 2017
      Paul Hill, Agricultural Systems Technology & Education, August 2018 - June 2022
      Nicole Manwaring, Agricultural Systems Technology & Education, May 2018 - December 2019
      Calee Lott, Agricultural Systems Technology & Education, August 2016 - August 2019
      Amelia Miller, Agricultural Systems Technology & Education, August 2016 - May 2019
      Lois Nielsen, Agricultural Systems Technology & Education, September 2014 - December 2017
      Marshall Rogers, Agricultural Systems Technology & Education, August 2016 - December 2017
      Michelle Simmons, Agricultural Systems Technology & Education, December 2015 - May 2017
      Paige Wray, Agricultural Systems Technology & Education, December 2015 - December 2016
      Leslie Seiferle, Agricultural Systems Technology & Education, January 2013 - December 2016
      Jeanine David, Agricultural Systems Technology & Education, September 2014 - May 2016
      Brandon King, Agricultural Systems Technology & Education, August 2013 - May 2015