Alex Preston Byrd

Assistant Professor in Agricultural Education
Agricultural Sciences Department

Office: 253 McAdams Hall
Phone: 864-656-5675
Fax: 846-656-0338


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Agricultural Education and Studies
Iowa State University 2014

M.S. Agricultural Sciences: Emphasis in Education
Virginia Tech 2011

B.S. Agricultural Education
Virginia Tech 2004

 Courses Taught

AGED 2030: Teaching Agriscience
AGED 2031: Teaching Agriscience Lab
AGED 3020: Junior Seminar – CDE preparation
AGED 3030: Mechanical Technology in Agriculture Education
AGED 3031: Mechanical Technology in Agriculture Education Lab
AGED 3650: Multiculturalism in Agriculture
AGED 4060: Directed Teaching
AGED 4280: Special Topics
AGED 4281: Special Topics Lab
AGED 6280: Special Studies
AGED 7500: Special Institute Course: Selected topics in Agriculture Education
AGED 8040: Special Problems
AGED 8041: Special Problems Lab
AGED 8100: Clinical Research in Agriculture Education
AGED 8150: Teaching Agriculture and Power Mechanics
AGED 8151: Teaching Agriculture and Power Mechanics Lab
AGED 8890: Research in Education

 Research Interests

My research interests revolve around teaching and learning in agricultural laboratories specifically agricultural mechanics laboratories. I focused my Ph.D. dissertation on examining human factors within a welding training program. To identify areas where changes could be made to enhance welding training such as anxiety, dexterity, and virtual reality simulations. Currently, I have continued my research into the dexterity and virtual reality aspects of a welding training program.

 Extension and Outreach

I have conducted several agricultural education teacher workshops that have included electricity, small engines, laboratory management, laboratory maintenance, and welding in Virginia, South Carolina, and Iowa.


Byrd, A. P., Stone, R. T., Anderson, R. G., & Woltjer, K. (2015). The Use of Virtual Welding Simulators to Evaluate Experienced Welders. Welding Journal, 94(12), 389S-395S.

Byrd, A. P., Anderson, R. G., & Paulsen T. H. (2015). Does Agricultural Mechanics Laboratory Size Affect Agricultural Education Teachers' Job Satisfaction? Journal of Agricultural Education. 56(1), 6-19. doi: 10.5032/jae.2015.01006

Byrd, A. P., Anderson, R. G., & Paulsen T. H. (2015). Does the Number of Post-secondary Agricultural Mechanics Courses Completed Affect Teacher Competence? Journal of Agricultural Education. 56(1), 20-31. doi: 10.5032/jae.2015.01020