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About the Department

  • Intro


    The Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Sciences prepares students to make significant, positive contributions to the food and agricultural sciences through learning, discovery, and engagement. Students are provided with experiential learning opportunities through our state-of-the-art research, education, and farm facilities. This active learning environment prepares students for careers in veterinary medicine, animal management and production, agricultural education, plant breeding and biotechnology, greenhouse and nursery management, landscape design, water quality, nutrient management, food and fiber processing, natural resource sciences, food safety, marketing and management, international trade and development, and economic research. The department offers two undergraduate degrees: Agribusiness and General Agriculture. General Agriculture has four concentrations: Agricultural Education, Plant and Soil Science, Animal and Poultry Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine, and Agricultural Studies. We offer two graduate degrees: M.S. in Food and Agricultural Sciences and Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology.



    The mission of the Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Sciences is to provide students with an active learning environment that will prepare them to compete successfully in a global society. Graduates of our programs will be poised to make significant, positive contributions to the food and agricultural sciences, which is in keeping with the land-grant philosophy of learning, discovery, and engagement. Thus, it is our never-ending task to provide students with a nurturing environment that offers opportunities for discovery through experiential learning. Accomplishment of our task will result in graduates who have:

     skills in information management;
     critical and analytical thinking skills necessary to integrate theory and real-world situations for making management decisions;
     the ability to communicate effectively; and
     the ability to compete in a highly technological, computer-information oriented, global society.


    Additionally, we strive to prepare students who can interact successfully in an ethnically diverse workforce that is comprised of people of socially and culturally diverse backgrounds.


    Goal & Objectives


    The goal of our academic programs is to provide the nation and the world with graduates who have attained intellectual and professional competencies. Graduates of the Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Sciences will have received cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary training that will enable them to successfully integrate into any career related to the food and agricultural sciences. 


     To provide an interdisciplinary program in the mathematical, biological, physical and social sciences, and humanities to support individual areas of concentration in the food and agricultural sciences, including conservation and preservation of our natural resources 

     To prepare students to interpret and apply scientific principles and techniques in the ever-evolving food, agricultural, and environmental sciences, on a global basis 

     To promote civic responsibilities of our students, faculty, and staff through community interactions 

     To provide students with the applied information technology skills necessary to compete successfully in today's workforce.

    Faculty & Staff

    Departmental Faculty & Staff Directory

    Schwarz, Jurgen - Professor & Chair

    Acquah, Sarah - Senior Lecturer
    Allen, Arthur L. - Professor
    Braxton, Kimberly - Assistant Professor
    Chi, Yeong-Hain - Assistant Professor
    Collick, Amy - Assistant Research Professor
    Cotton, Corrie, Assistant Research Professor 
    Dhekney, Sadanand - Associate Professor
    Escobar, Enrique N. - Assistant Professor
    Hashem, Fawzy - Research Associate
    Khatabi, Behnam - Assistant Professor
    Kumar, Naveen - Assistant Professor
    Marsh, Lurline - Professor 
    Min, Byungrok - Assistant Professor
    Nindo, Caleb - Associate Professor
    OH, Sang Hyon - Associate Professor
    Parveen, Salina - Associate Professor
    Silitonga, Maifan - Associate Professor
    Timmons, Jennifer R. - Assistant Professor
    Tubene, Stephan - Associate Professor
    Zebelo, Simon - Assistant Professor 

    Sykes, Gail, M.S.
    Crop Research and Aquaculture 
    Ph: 410-651-6625 
    Fax: 410-651-7656

    Canter, Earl

    Farm Manager
    Crop Research and Aquaculture 
    Ph: 410-651-6646 
    Fax: 410-651-7656 

    Harris, Chanda
    Administrative Assistant
    Trigg Hall, Room 1107
    Phone: 410-651-6168
    Fax: 410-651-7931

    Purnell, Lisa 

    USDA/1890 Program Manager
    1137 Trigg Hall 
    Ph: 410-651-6313 
    Fax: 410-651-7572

    Wise, Tamela 
    Program Manager 
    Center for Food Science & Technology 
    Ph: 410-651-8497 
    Fax: 410-651-8498 

    Bishop, Tracie, M. S. 
    GIS Program Manager 
    GeoTech Lab, Crop Research and Aquaculture 
    Ph: 410-651-6383 
    Fax: 410-651-7946