Earlier this month, Matt Raven, Michigan State University Extension specialist, was honored as a senior fellow in the American Association of Agricultural Education (AAAE) during their national conference May 19-22 in San Antonio, Texas. The purpose of the Senior Fellow award is to recognize those members of the association who have made exceptional and sustained contributions to the profession and who have more than 20 years of active service at the university level. With about 27 years of involvement, his experience more than fit the bill!
The AAAE, the main professional association for people involved with agriculture education, is dedicated to studying, applying, and promoting the teaching and learning processes in agriculture. Matt has been extensively involved in promoting agriculture education through his work as a leader in MSU Extension’s agriculture, food and natural resources program as well as maintaining a teaching schedule as a professor in the Department of Community Sustainability and acting as the faculty coordinator for the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center.
No more than three senior fellows may be elected in a calendar year. Matt was nominated by former colleagues Michael Newman and Jacquelyn Deeds at Mississippi State University, where he served as a faculty member from 1994 to 2009.
“It’s a huge honor because when you look back at the people who’ve received it before me, my mentors are on there. Some of the biggest names and scholars of our profession are on that list,” said Matt. “To be in the company of people I’ve looked up to for three decades is a huge honor.”
Matt is joining the ranks of leaders in agricultural education. See the full list of previous awardees on the AAAE website. Congratulations, Matt!