Current Position: I am currently Assistant Professor in Rural Sociology at the University of Missouri, Columbia. My appointment is split between teaching and research. I also advise students in the Agriculture, Emphasis Sustainable Agriculture degree program at MU.
Previously: From 1998-2012, I served as director of the Food Circles Networking Project and as associate director of the Community Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture Program for University of Missouri Extension. In 2008, I was promoted to Extension Associate Professor at University of Missouri. From 1997-1998, I worked to develop extension programming around community food systems as a Post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Rural Sociology. I also served as a Kellogg Food and Society Fellow from 2003-2005. Prior to beginning my graduate career I worked in international programs for the National FFA Organization in Alexandria, Virginia (1989-1991).