David Acker is the associate dean for academic and global programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. He has served in the position since 2005. He has served the college for 21 years, first as director of the college’s international programs and then as assistant dean for national and global programs.
Acker also is a professor of agricultural education and studies and holds the Raymond and Mary Baker Chair for Global Agriculture. He has more than 30 years of experience in international agriculture and education, including directing agricultural and natural resource programs in Tanzania, Malawi, and Senegal and serving as a Fulbright Fellow in Greece.
In 2009, Acker co-authored "Education for Rural People" that was published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. He was part of a team that published in 2015 "Tapping Philanthropy for Development," based on the rural Uganda agricultural development experiences of the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Acker earned his doctorate from Oregon State University. He earned two master’s degrees from the University of California, Davis: agricultural education and international agricultural development. His bachelor’s degree in agriculture and sociology is from Wilmington College, and his associate degree in sociology is from Alice Lloyd College.
Ph.D. in Vocational Education, Oregon State University, 1989
M.S. in International Agricultural Development, University of California, Davis, 1980
M.Ed. in Agricultural Education, University of California, Davis, 1980
B.A. in Agriculture/Sociology, Wilmington College, 1975
A.A. in Sociology, Alice Lloyd College, 1973