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Graham, Donna L.
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University of Arkansas
205 Agriculture Building, 465 N Campus Drive
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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Agricultural Education - Instructor


Donna L. Graham is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Education, Communication and Technology at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville (UA).  Since joining the faculty in 1985, Graham has received 16 awards for excellence in teaching, advising and service including the Spitze Land-Grant Award of Excellence, the University of Arkansas Distinguished Alumna Award and North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Educator Award.   

She is a member and officer of the UA Teaching Academy and serves as a mentor to other university faculty members. Her advising efforts have been recognized with Outstanding Advisor Awards by the Bumpers College Alumni Society, the College Student Association and Sigma Alpha. She is a Fellow of the American Association for Agricultural Education.

She was instrumental in providing leadership for the approval of an online master of science degree program in Agricultural and Extension Education and the agreements of the Agricultural Interactive Distance Education Alliance (AG IDEA) consortium. She provided leadership for the development of the extension education major and collaborated with four universities to create two other agricultural sciences online programs. She is currently serving as a representative to the AG IDEA program in agricultural education. She co-authored the textbook, Education through Cooperative Extension, and numerous scholarly publications. 

Graham has served as associate dean of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and department head of Agricultural and Extension Education Department at UA.  She has provided leadership on numerous department, college and university committees during her tenure.  Nationally, she actively participated in the Academic Program Section, Board of Agriculture Assembly BAA of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and she completed a term as secretary of the Academic Committee on Policy. She was a major contributor to the Academic Program Section white paper on “Human Capacity Development: The road to global competitiveness and leadership in food, agriculture, natural resources and related sciences.”  She has served as president of the American Association for Agricultural Education.   

Prior to academic positions, Graham held various county, area and state positions with the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. She has received the Distinguished Service Award by the State and National Association of Extension 4-H Agents. 


Ph.D. in Agricultural, Adult and Continuing Education, University of Maryland, 1983
M.Ed. in Adult Education, University of Arkansas, 1979
B.S. in Home Economics, University of Arkansas, 1970