Travel Awardee, Faulkner 2013

Paula Faulkner
Paula Faulkner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dept of Agribusiness, Applied Economics, Agriscience Education
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Greensboro, North Carolina
Award year: 2013
Paula Faulkner, an Assistant Professor of Agriculture, received a PhD in Agricultural Education and Extension from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Faulkner is currently a research educator whose research pursuits encompass experiential learning, diversity education, and teaching the importance of agriculture in science. Dr. Faulkner has received several grants from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fund her research, including awards to provide secondary students with hands-on experiential learning and funds to increase the number of students pursuing agricultural majors. In 2013, she received the Outstanding Junior Researcher N.C. A&T Research Excellence Award to recognize her scientific acumen and her contributions to the field of agriculture. She has also presented extensively at national conferences and has published works related to increasing diversity and diversity education.
Dr. Faulkner envisions “more underserved populations being introduced to science during secondary and undergraduate levels.” As a professor at a Historically Black University, she mentors and teaches students underrepresented in the sciences. She has encouraged her students to participate in many scientific initiatives. In fact, her efforts have stimulated some students to become more actively engaged in science activities, which include being the only HBCU representative at the Council on Undergraduate Research poster session.
Paula Faulkner actively collaborates with investigators across disciplines, including nutritionists, environmentalists, and agricultural economists.  She also seeks to expand her network and collaborate with other researchers and faculty to enhance students' knowledge and their learning experience in science. Through her environmental science course, she educates about the pedagogy involved in working with youth as well as the knowledge of environmental sciences. By expanding resources and mentoring, she believes the lessons can be tailored to reach a younger academic level and enhance the STEM proficiency of all students.
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