716 Farm House Lane
Ames, IA 50011
Walter Suza serves as Director of Plant Breeding E-Learning in Africa. Before this role he was involved in curriculum development for the ISU Master of Science in Plant Breeding – online option. Walter received his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics (with emphasis in Plant Molecular Physiology) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His current research is on regulation of phytosterol metabolism and abiotic stress tolerance in maize. Walter has work experience in central and southern Africa. His roles at World Food Programme in Angola and United Nations Children's Fund in Zimbabwe were in food security assessment and mapping of vulnerable households; drought assessment; and coordination of food aid.
AE-110 Turner Hall
1102 S. Goodwin
Urbana, IL 61801
Rita Mumm has had an extensive career in crop improvement which spans industrial seed product development, academic research, and plant breeding education. Drawn to agriculture through organic vegetable production for her family, she is a diligent advocate for global food and nutritional security. Dr. Mumm was a pioneer in developing some of the first biotechnological seed solutions in crops with DEKALB Genetics Corp, and in establishing a high-throughput molecular marker system to implement genomic information in seed product development; she is a named inventor on four U.S. patents. She joined the faculty at the University of Illinois to establish and direct the Illinois Plant Breeding Center, a preeminent educational center for crop genetic improvement in the USA at the graduate level. She led the National Association of Plant Breeders (USA) in its fledgling years. She currently serves as Education and Training Lead for the USAID Soybean Innovation Laboratory and on the Board of Trustees for CIMMYT. Additionally, Dr. Mumm is Principal at GeneMax Services, a consulting firm to the seed industry. She directs the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy, a continuing education program for African plant breeders established as an initiative of the African Orphan Crop Consortium.
Professional Learning Community Coordinator
201 CURTISS 513 Farm House Lane Ames, IA 50011
RESEARCH FOCUS, AGENDA, AND INTERESTS
Study of experiential learning as it relates to formal education at both the secondary and higher education levels. Areas of study include early field experiences, internships/field experiences, teaching and learning in the classroom and via distance education, Science With Practice (SWP), and learning communities.
- Explore contemporary methods of utilizing experiential learning in the secondary classroom
- Explore/Evaluate the role of reflection/critical thinking in experiential learning
- Study the PERT (Preflection, Experience, Reflection, and Transfer) approach to experiential learning in formal education
716 Farm House Lane
Ames, IA 50011
As Chair of the Department of Agronomy, I provide leadership and direction to the department in the areas of education, research, and extension. I advocate for and set priorities for the academic and research portfolio of the department through shared governance with the faculty. In cooperation with Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, I also advocate for and set priorities for extension and outreach in crops, soils, and climatology. I have responsibility for representing the department as I interact with the public in Iowa and at the national and international level. I am responsible for understanding and being able to articulate the broad education, research, and extension capabilities of each of the faculty in the department. I oversee the departmental budget, evaluate faculty, set salaries, hire faculty, and provide faculty, staff, and students with the support they need to be successful. I am also responsible for providing leadership in the expenditure of earnings from our endowments, which total around $2.5 million per year.