Daniel D. Foster, Ph.D.

Daniel D. Foster, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Agricultural Teacher Educator
  • Global Teach Ag Network Co-Founder
212 Ferguson Building
Twitter: @FosterDanielD

University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Teaching and Learning in Agriculture
  • Designing Global Learning in Agriculture
  • Developing Global Competency in Agriculture Workforce
  • School-based agricultural education


  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2009
  • M.S., The Ohio State University, 2009
  • B.S., The University of Arizona, 2002


75% Teaching
25% Research

Research Interests

Dr. Daniel Foster has a life-long mission to serve as a positive change agent. He is driven to facilitate engaged scholarship that curates and stimulates innovation bridging industry, secondary, post-secondary, and community-centered learning in food, fiber, and natural resources. Dr. Foster draws heavily from a lifetime of engagement in agricultural education in multiple states and nations to develop scholarship that generates a global impact, one student and one community at a time. Dr. Foster's line of inquiry has focused on developing authentic experiential educational interventions that critically examine global professional pedagogical vision in perspective and practicing agricultural educators at the secondary and post-secondary levels including utilization of disruptive technologies integrated into the learning environment

Courses Taught

  • AEE/EDCE 530: Teaching & Learning in Agricultural Sciences
  • AEE 511: Youth Leadership Development in Agricultural & Life Sciences
  • AEE 495/AEE 595: Internship in Agricultural and Extension Education (Student Teacher Supervision)
  • AEE 499: Indigenous Knowledge in Agricultural and Extension Education
  • AEE 412: Methods of Teaching Agriculture and Environmental Science
  • AEE 400: Global Agricultural Education
  • AEE 350: Teaching Methods for Agricultural and Environmental Laboratories
  • AEE 311: Developing Youth Leadership through Organization and Program Structure
  • AEE 216: Practical Parliamentary Procedure
  • AEE 295: Observation of Teaching in Agriculture and Environmental Science (Early Field Experience)
  • AEE 100: Agricultural Education Orientation
  • AG 150S: “Be a Master Student" First-Year Seminar

Funding Agencies/Foundations for Grants Received

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Science
  • United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute for Food and Agriculture
  • United States Department of Education, International Research and Studies Program
  • Office of Undergraduate Education, College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Office of Global Programs, The Pennsylvania State University
  • CHS Foundation
  • The Center for Dairy Excellence
  • The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE)

Recent Publications

Miller Foster, M. J. & Foster, D. D. (2023). Advancing Sustainable Development Through Teacher Professional Development. In M. M. Samy, & R. K. Barrick (eds.). Agricultural education for development in the Arab countries. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-6684-4050-6.ch009

Tewari, R., Simpson, R. M., Letot, C., Melhorn, J., Foster, D. D., Mususnru, N., & Parr. B (2023). Expanding Climate Change Education in Agricultural Communities: Lessons from the U.S Midsouth. NACTA Journal67(1). https://doi.org/10.56103/nactaj.v67i1.105

Miller Foster, M. J., Cho, J. Y., Rice, L. L., Kinsinger, B., Foster, D. D., & Wahid, N. A. (2023). Reflective Perspectives of Host and Guest Participants of an International Professional Development Experience. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 30(2), 8-29. https://doi.org/10.4148/2831-5960.1055

Morey, T., Foster, D. D., & Ewing, J. (2023). Virtual mentoring in agricultural education: Describing digital literacy, technology self-efficacy, and attitudes toward technology of secondary agricultural educators. Journal of Agricultural Education64(1), 12–27. https://doi.org/10.5032/jae.v64i1.27

Gil, A., Foster, D. D., & Ramsay, C. (2023). Future Agriculture Faculty Experiences Using Digital Assessment Tools in an Experimental Classroom. NACTA Journal. 67 (1), 71-83, doi: https://doi.org/10.56103/nactaj.v67i1.53