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Clemson University
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Catherine DiBenedetto, Ph. D.

Associate Professor
Agricultural Sciences Department

Office: 251 McAdams Hall
Phone: 864-656-0296
Fax: 864-656-0338



Educational Background

Ph.D Agricultural Education
University of Florida 2015

Certificate - Teaching and Learning in Agriculture and Life Sciences
University of Florida 2015

M.S. Instruction in Agriscience Education
University of Delaware 2009

B.S. Plant Science
University of Delaware 1992

Courses Taught

AGED 1020 Agricultural Education Freshman Seminar
AGED 2030 Teaching Agriscience
AGED 2031 Teaching Agriscience Lab
AGED 4010/6010 Teaching Methods in Agricultural Education
AGED 4011/6011 Teaching Methods in Agricultural Education Lab
AGED 4060 Directed Teaching
AGED 4230/6230 Curriculum
AGED 4280/6280- Special Problems in Agricultural Education
AGED 8040/41- Special Topics in Teaching Agriscience
AGED 8100- Clinical Research in Agricultural Education


Throughout the nation,I work with and design professional development for pre-service and in-service agriscience teachers to assist with curriculum development focused on STEM integration using inquiry-based instruction methods aligned with my research agenda, which identifies the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for career readiness to prepare students for the 21st century workforce. My current position in the Agricultural Education Program is focused on teaching in the areas of instructional methods,curriculum design,and teaching in agriscience laboratories. I also serve as the undergraduate program coordinator for the Agricultural Education Program and Agricultural Education Teaching Certificate Program.I am very passionate about advising, mentoring, and working with pre-service teachers to prepare them to be effective instructors in successful school-based agricultural education programs. I serve as an active member of the CAFLS Teaching and Learning committee and enjoy mentoring colleagues to help improve their teaching effectiveness. Prior to joining the Agricultural Sciences Department,in the Agricultural Education Program at Clemson University, I spent several years working in various facets of the ornamental horticulture industry and seven years as an agriscience teacher and FFA Advisor at Caesar Rodney High School in my home state of Delaware.

Research Interests

My research agenda focuses on the study of student readiness in the 21st century to provide teacher professional development and effectively prepare students with the 21st century employability skills needed to become career ready. My research interests also include inquiry-based instructional methods,STEM integration, teacher self-efficacy/effectiveness,and interdisciplinary education.

Extension and Outreach

My goal is to provide strategies to agriscience teachers throughout the nation to enhance effective teaching practices, design innovative instructional materials and disseminate my research findings to better prepare pre-service and in-service agriscience teachers with opportunities to increase their instructional self-efficacy and highlight inquiry-based instruction and STEM education in their school-based agricultural education classrooms and laboratories.


Eck, C., Layfield, K., DiBenedetto, C., & Gore, J. (2021). School-based agricultural education teachers competence of synchronous online instruction tools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Agricultural Education, 62(2), 137-147.

Ferand, N. K., DiBenedetto, C. A., Thoron, A. C., & Myers, B. E. (2020). Agriscience teacher professional development focused on teaching STEM principles in the floriculture curriculum. Journal of Agricultural Education, 61(4), 189 – 202.

DiBenedetto, C. A. & Willis, V. C. (2020). Post-secondary Students' Perceptions of Career Readiness Skills. Journal of Agricultural Education, 61(1), 44-59.

Barrick, R. K. & DiBenedetto, C. A. (2019). Assessing the Critical Thinking Styles of International Faculty to Enhance Teaching. Journal of Advances in Education and Philosophy, 3(6), 236-240. doi:10.21276/jaep.2019.3.6.1 ISSN 2523-2223 (Online), ISSN 2523-2665 (Print).

Scherer, H. H., McKim, A. J., Wang, H., DiBenedetto, C. A., & Robinson, K. (2019). Making sense of the buzz: A Systematic Review of STEM in, Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources. Journal of Agricultural Education. 60(2), 28-53.

DiBenedetto, C. A. & Whitwell, T. (2019). Promoting teaching excellence and supporting student learning in US colleges of agriculture. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Journal. 63(1),13-19.

DiBenedetto C. A. (2018). Twenty-First Century Skills. In: McGrath S., Mulder M., Papier J., Suart R. (eds) Handbook of Vocational Education and Training: Developments in the Changing World of Work. Springer, Cham.

DiBenedetto, C. A., Willis, V. C., & Barrick, R. K. (2018). Needs assessments for school-based agricultural education teachers: A review of literature. Journal of Agricultural Education. 59(4), 52-71. doi: 10.5032/jae.2018.04052

DiBenedetto, C. A., Blythe, J. M., & Myers, B. E. (2017). Effects of the Order of Abstraction and Type of Reflection on Content Knowledge when Teaching Experientially in a High School Classroom. Journal of Agricultural Education. 58(2), 67-82. doi; 10.5032/jae2017.02067

DiBenedetto, C. A. & Myers, B. E. (2016). A Conceptual Model for the Study of Student Readiness in the 21st Century. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Journal. 60(A1). 28-36.

DiBenedetto, C. A., Lamm, K. W., Lamm, A. J., & Myers, B. E. (2016). Examining undergraduate student attitude towards interdisciplinary education. Journal of Agricultural Education. 57 (1), 167-178. doi:10.5032/jae.2016.01167

DiBenedetto, C. A., Easterly, R. G., & Myers, B. E. (2015). Can scientific reasoning scores predict the likelihood of SBAE students intent to pursue a STEM career, a career in agriculture, or plan to attend college? Journal of Agricultural Education 56(1), 103-115. doi: 10.5032/jae.2015.01103

Blythe, J. M., DiBenedetto, C. A., & Myers, B. E. (2015). Inquiry-based Instruction: Perceptions of National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors. Journal of Agricultural Education. 56(2), 110-121. doi: 10.5032/jae.2015.02110

Conner, N. W., Rubenstein, E. D., DiBenedetto, C. A., Stripling, C. T., Roberts, T. G., & Stedman, N. L. P. (2014). Examining Student Perceptions of Flipping an Agricultural Teaching Methods Course. Journal of Agricultural Education 55 (5), 65-77. doi 10.5032/jae.2014.05065


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