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Education

May 2012Dec 2015

PhD, Rural Sociology

University of Missouri

Dissertation title, Modes of Reflexivity in Community Supported Agriculture: The Case of the People's Republic of Delicious Foods

Successfully Defended, October 1, 2015

Overall GPA: 4.0

Aug 2009May 2012

MS, Rural Sociology

University of Missouri

Manuscript title, Listening to the Community: Recommendations for building farmers' markets in a rural setting

Aug 2004Dec 2008

BS, Animal Sciences

Middle Tennessee State University

McNair Scholar paper, A Mystery On Our Plate: Beliefs about agriculture from a college peer group

Magna Cum Laude 

Work History

Aug 2009Aug 2014

Research Assistant

University of Missouri--Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security

In service to the center in many ways. Jobs performed include data gathering, contact management, thematic map making, and data entry. Extensive survey work including personal interviews, questionnaire development, data collection and management. 

Aug 2013May 2014

Instructor

University of Missouri--Department of Rural Sociology

Course taught, Rural Sociology 3304, The Sociology of the Hunger Games. Developed curriculum for junior level students based on the popular fiction trilogy, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Course objectives are: examine the benefits and costs of living within a society; become familiar with sociological theorists; examine historical perspectives; investigate basic rights of humans; understand how resources and consumption are related to class; recognize the importance of diversity. The course curriculum includes interactive discussions, film and animations, journaling, presentations, and main course activity that is loosely modeled on the Hunger Games.  

Jan 2012Nov 2012

Farmer & Researcher

The People's Republic of Delicious Foods CSA Farm

Organizer and lead farmer for a CSA project of 30 members limited to a one year run. The project grew and distributed swine, broiler chickens, and turkeys, as well as buying beef and lamb from a local producer. The CSA also engaged its members with different activities on the farm, including cooking demonstrations, poultry processing, and potluck meals. 

Jul 2011Jul 2012

Instructor

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

Led periodic workshops on processing chicken for consumption. The workshop arose from a citywide ordinance granting residents of Columbia the permission to raise chickens. Topics covered include dispatching, de-feathering, evisceration, cleaning, and proper storage.

Jan 2011Dec 2011

Farmer & Researcher

Meating Needs CSA Farm

Organizer and farmer for a Community Supported Agricultural project. The project centered on 20 members working to secure a portion of their food needs for the 2011 growing season. Meating Needs was a non-profit endeavor that produced over 3,000 pounds of varied meat products and encouraged its members to take part in farm and community related activities. 

Mar 2002Jun 2007

Farmer

Short Mountain Farm CSA Farm

Maintained a dairy CSA farm that serviced 25 families. Incorporated various meat, vegetable, table egg, and honey projects into the CSA. I have extensive work with many different agricultural animals, such as swine, dairy cows and goats, draft mules, broiler chickens, and turkeys. Farming practices that I utilized were rotational grazing, organic standards, holistic vetting, raw dairy, pastured poultry, pastured swine, and biodynamics. 

Presentations, Publications, Participation

2012 Undergraduate course under development, Sociology of The Hunger Games. Intended for fall 2013.

2012 Organizer and facilitator for author speaking event and workshop for Sandor Katz, author of Wild Fermentation, The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved, and The Art of Fermentation.

2011 Swine processing workshop. Held at the Salad Garden, Columbia, Missouri

2011 St. Louis Metro Hunger Atlas. Lucht, Jill, Colleen Heflin, and Jordan Dawdy. Institute of Public Policy, University of Missouri, Columbia Missouri.

2011 Kansas City Metro Hunger Atlas. Lucht, Jill, Colleen Heflin, and Jordan Dawdy. Institute of Public Policy, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.

2010 Missouri Hunger Atlas. Dawdy, Jordan, Matt Foulkes, Colleen Heflin, Joan Hermsen, Jill Lucht, Nikki Raedeke, and Sandy Rikoon. Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.

2009 Moderator at the 18th Annual Social Science Symposium at Middle Tennessee State University.

2009 A Mystery On Our Plate: beliefs about agriculture from a college peer group. McNair Research Review.

2008 Presenter at the 17th Annual Social Science Symposium at Middle Tennessee State University.

2008 Presenter at the 9th Annual McNair Symposium at Middle Tennessee State University. 

Awards

2012 Speaker funds, MU

2011 Rollins Honor Society Inductee, MU

2011 Graduate Student Association Travel Grant, MU

2011 Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Grant

2010 Graduate Student Association Travel Grant, MU

2009 Lionberger Fellowship, MU

2009 Tennessee Social Science Symposium paper competition, 2nd place, MTSU

2008 Senior Honor Student, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, MTSU

2008 Heritage Farm Scholarship, MTSU

2008 National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent

2008 Rowling Scholarship, MTSU

2007 National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent

2007 Rowling Scholarship, MTSU

2007 Enrichment Scholarship, MTSU

2006 Enrichment Scholarship, MTSU

2005 Enrichment Scholarship, MTSU

Organizations

2012 Sustainable Agriculture Education Association

2011 Co-President of Rural Sociology Graduate Student Association

2011 Rollins Society Inductee, Honor Society at the University of Missouri

2011 Treasurer of the Graduate Student Association

2010 Treasurer of the Graduate Student Association

2010 Student Representative on the Graduate Programming Committee

2009 Student Representative for the Graduate and Professional Committee

2007 McNair Scholar, MTSU

2007 Phi Kappa Phi, honor society

2005 Delta Tau Alpha, agricultural honor society

Interest

Agriculture, Food, Education, Community Supported Agriculture, Social Inequalities, Animal Welfare, Environmentalism, and Participatory Action Research

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