Meet Jim Flowers
Agricultural Education Division Vice President
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695
Occupation: Professor and Department Head, North Carolina State University
Employment History: North Carolina State University, Professor and Dept. Head (2000–present); North Carolina State University, Associate Professor (1992–2000); North Carolina State University, Assistant Professor (1986–1992); University of Illinois, Graduate Teaching Assistant (1983–1986); Portland High School, Portland TN, Agriculture Teacher (1973–1983)
Education: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Agricultural Education), University of Tennessee at Martin; Master of Arts in Education (Agricultural Education), Western Kentucky University; Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Agricultural Education), University of Illinois
ACTE Involvement:Division: NAAE Member (1973–2011); North Carolina Agriculture Teachers Association Board of Directors (1993–2006); President, American Association for Agricultural Education (2001); Secretary, American Association for Agricultural Education (1997–1998); New and Related Services Division Vice President, NCACTE (1989–1992)
National: Member ACTER (1984–2011), Membership Secretary, AVERA (1990-1991)
State/Local: NCACTE Awards Committee
Platform Statement: Agricultural education is an important part of career and technical education, and the voice of agricultural educators must be heard within the leadership of the Association for Career and Technical Education. My interest in serving as the Agricultural Education Division vice president is in providing effective representation of the total membership in the agricultural education profession—secondary agricultural education teachers, state agricultural education staff, postsecondary agricultural educators and university agricultural educators. I have 10 years of experience as a secondary agriculture teacher in Tennessee and 28 years in university agricultural education programs in Illinois and North Carolina, with the last 15 years in a department that includes the state agricultural education staff. I understand the issues facing the profession and have devoted my career working to improve agricultural education and career and technical education programs.
While I will work to increase membership in the Division, I understand that we earn membership increases by meeting the needs of the profession. I will support programs and initiatives in ACTE that will strengthen the Agricultural Education Division, as well as the Association. We have critical needs within the profession that must be addressed—an adequate supply of teachers, recruitment of under-represented teachers and students into agricultural education, strengthening local support for and understanding of agriculture programs, and the development of the next generation of leaders in the profession. I believe ACTE has a role to play in meeting these needs. I look forward to representing all aspects of the agricultural education profession as we work together to move agricultural education forward.