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Rosson, Haley

Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education

Haley Rosson was raised in the rural farming and ranching community of Miami, New Mexico (population give or take 100). Growing up as "the Extension Agent's kid," Haley was very active in 4-H from the time she was a Cloverbud, until she graduated from high school. Her favorite 4-H projects included market lambs, leathercraft, baking, and shooting sports. Haley also participated in numerous county, district, state, and national-level 4-H events, including Citizenship Washington Focus and National 4-H Congress. Her involvement in the 4-H program instilled in her a love of agriculture and youth development, leading to her career interest in Extension.


Haley began her undergraduate degree work at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. She completed her bachelor's degree in 2011 in interdisciplinary agricultural leadership and remained at Texas Tech to pursue her graduate education. While working on her master's degree, Haley had the opportunity to serve in a research assistantship position, focusing on international agricultural education and leadership. She completed her master's degree in agricultural education in 2013.


Upon graduating, Haley and her husband, TJ, moved to Oklahoma, where she was hired as the Agriculture/4-H and Youth Development Extension Educator in Logan County, Oklahoma. Haley was responsible for planning, conducting, and evaluating educational program efforts in the areas of agriculture and 4-H/youth development for her county. Her main programming areas included the Master Gardener program, shooting sports, livestock, and ATV safety. In addition, she developed several new 4-H contest opportunities, including a LEGO robotics competition. In her last year in the position, she also served as the County Extension Director.


During her tenure as a county Extension educator, Haley began pursuing coursework toward the completion of her doctorate degree at Oklahoma State University. Haley also taught several of the agricultural leadership and Extension education courses within the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications, and Leadership at OSU. She completed her Ph.D. in agricultural education in 2018. Her dissertation research focused on the examination of differing experiential approaches to ATV safety trainings.


Select Publications

  • Rosson, H., & Pennington Weeks, P. (2017). “I am different, not less”: Temple Grandin and strengths-based leadership education. Journal of Leadership Education, 17(3), 231-240. doi: 10.12806/V17/I3/A42.
  • Porter, H. & Wimmer, G. (2012). A winning strategy: Using Glory Road to illustrate the stages of group development. Journal of Leadership Education, 11(2), 247-256.3.
  • Wimmer, G., Meyers, C., Porter, H., & Shaw, M. (2012). Learning vicariously: Students’ reflections of the leadership lessons portrayed in The Office. Journal of Leadership Education, 11(2), 52-71.4.
  • Porter, H., Brashears, M.T., Brashears, M.M., Irlbeck, E., Newsome, S., Winterholler-Trojan, S., Echeverry, A., McKenney, C., & Loneragan, S. (2013). Determining the problems, impacts, and potential solutions for the agricultural industry of Belize: A needs assessment. In B. Seevers (Ed.), Proceedings of 29th Annual AIAEE Conference Professional Paper Presentation Abstracts, Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 20(2), 122-124.
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