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Oklahoma State University
Riata Center for Entrepreneurship

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

M. Craig Edwards

M. Craig Edwards serves as professor and coordinator of graduate studies in the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications, and Leadership at Oklahoma State University (OSU). For nine years he served as the department’s director of student teaching in agricultural education. Prior to joining OSU, he was a faculty member at the University of Georgia and at Texas A&M University (TAMU). He also developed curriculum for agriculture students and teachers while at TAMU. Before entering academia, Edwards taught secondary agricultural education for 15 years in Texas. His research interests are student learning and achievement in agricultural education, including STEM; preparation and early-career induction needs of agriculture teachers; student teacher-cooperating teacher relationships; and special needs and challenges of agricultural and extension educators in lesser-developed countries (LDCs). In regard to LDCs, Edwards’ research interest in recent years has also involved the development needs of aspiring entrepreneurs, including practitioners pursuing social ventures, and their impact on local communities and youth entrepreneurs after participating in learning experiences in the United States. During 2017, he served as the program administrator for a Mandela Washington Fellowship Institute on business and entrepreneurship hosted by OSU. The 6-week-long Institute included 25 entrepreneurs from 17 Sub-Saharan African nations. He has worked on agricultural and rural development projects in Armenia, Kenya, Liberia, Lithuania, Mali, Mozambique, Russia, South Africa, and Uganda. Edwards was recognized as an inaugural Fellow by the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education in 2012 and received the “Outstanding Agricultural Educator Award” from the American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) in 2013. In addition, he received AAAE’s “Distinguished Research Award” and was named a Fellow in 2015. He has co-authored more than 60 manuscripts published in seven different peer-refereed journals and was recognized as an “author of the year” recipient 11 times by four different scholarly journals. He has also co-authored two book chapters on aspects of education. Edwards has received more than $1.6 million in external grants and contracts.

Current Project

M. Craig Edwards is a Professor of Agricultural Education and Coordinator of Graduate Studies, and works with the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications & Leadership, and the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources. M. Craig Edwards is the Program Administrator of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, a program of agricultural entrepreneurs from Sub-Saharan Africa who participate in an OSU-sponsored six week-long summer program. Edwards is currently working on a project titled ‘Exploring Entrepreneurship Education and the Facilitation of Entrepreneurs in Agriculture and Its Allied Sectors: Implications for Agricultural and Extension Education in an Era of Globalization.”