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Katie Sanders, PhD

Assistant Professor

Extension Specialist of Food Systems Communication

4101 Beryl Rd., 210M


Katie Sanders, originally from Arkansas (the Natural State), completed her M.S. in Agricultural and Extension Education from the University of Arkansas in 2019. She then received her Ph.D in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication from the University of Georgia in 2023, with a concentration in science communication and Extension-based program evaluation. Her areas of inquiry include exploring culturally responsive methods of Extension communication and outreach, understanding the role of sociocultural values in science communication, and enhancing systems thinking through food systems communication efforts both in formal and non-formal education.

Programs and Initiatives

  • Agricultural Communications Program

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • AEE 311: Communications and Media

Professional Honors/Offices/Recognitions

Selected Publications

  • Gibson KE, Sanders CE, Byrd AR, Lamm KW, Lamm AJ. (2023). The Influence of Sustainability on Identities and Seafood Consumption: Implications for Food Systems Education for Generation Z. Foods, 12(10):1933.
  • Lamm AJ, Lamm KW, Trojan S, Sanders CE, Byrd AR. (2023). A Needs Assessment to Inform Research and Outreach Efforts for Sustainable Agricultural Practices and Food Production in the Western United States. Foods, 12(8):1630.
  • Lamm, K. W., Lamm, A. J., Davis, K., Sanders, C., Powell, A., & Park, J. (2023). Extension Networks and Dissemination of Horticultural Advancements: Development and Validation of a Professionalization Instrument. Horticulturae, 9(2).
  • Sanders, C., Markosyan, T., Gibson, K. E., Byrd, A. R., & Lamm, A. J. (2023). Improving Sustainable Food Access and Availability in Rural Communities: An Assessment of Needed Resources. Sustainability.
  • Lamm, K. W., Lamm, A. J., Davis, K., Sanders, C. E., & Powell, A. (2023). Perceptions of knowledge management capacity within extension services: an exploratory factor analysis approach. Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 29(1), 53–74.
  • Sanders, C. E., Randall, N. L., Lamm, A. J., & Lamm, K. W. (2023). Utilizing a community capitals framework to assess a public health intervention: Application of the CD+SI toolkit. Community Development.
  • Randall, N. L., Sanders, C. E., Lamm, A. J., & Berg, A. C. (2023). Qualitative exploration of cultural influence on a rural health promotion initiative. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
  • Sanders, C. E., Lamm, A. J., & Borron, A. (2022). Exploring identity-oriented evaluation for rural community development: A constructivist grounded theory approach. Community Development.
  • Sanders, C. E., Fortner, A. R., Gibson, K. E., Lamm, K. W., & Lamm, A. J. (2022). Teaching systems thinking concepts using hypothetical case scenarios: An exploration in agricultural education. Journal of Agricultural Education, 63(4), 135-150.
  • Sanders, C. E., Gibson, K. E., & Lamm, A. J. (2022). Perceived government control and its influence on climate change knowledge perceptions: Applications for effective communication. Journal of Applied Communications, 106(3).

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BS Spanish and Biology Hendrix College

MS Agricultural and Extension Education University of Arkansas

PhD Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication University of Georgia

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Science Communication
  • Culturally Responsive Communication
  • Extension Communication and Outreach