The Department of Communications and Agricultural Education performs a diverse set of functions from services to academic programs. Each departmental group also offers training.
Teaching: Faculty members teach courses for majors and service courses in agricultural communications and journalism and agricultural education at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition to our undergraduate programs in agricultural communications and agricultural education, the department offers a Master of Science in Agricultural Education and Communications.
Research: Research is both qualitative and quantitative. To date, most of the department’s research has focused on communications and educational questions related to food safety, use of natural resources, and marketing. Additional research has been initiated in curriculum development, as well as teaching and learning principles and practices.
The business office administers and monitors departmental finances and human resource management. This includes managing funds from revenue generation, coordinating faculty/staff recruitment, auditing all department financial transactions, and serving as the initial point of contact for the department.
Bookstore and Mail Center
The Bookstore and Mail Center manages publication and promotional merchandise inventory, distributes educational and program materials, and provides full mailing and shipping services for business or individual needs. The staff processes all bulk mail for Kansas State University and guides clients in finding ways to reduce mailing costs.
News Media and Marketing Services
This group gathers, writes, and distributes or broadcasts research, extension, and agricultural information that reaches more than 750 media outlets. K-State Radio Network broadcasts are online and live-streamed. Kansas stations carry video news stories each weekday on Ag AM in Kansas. Information and images are also shared via YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, online audio slide stories, the KSRE Image Database, and the fee-based Zenfolio collection.
This group manages the publication of peer-reviewed documents of the Kansas Cooperative Extension Service and research reports of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station. Services include professional editing, design, and publication/posting and archiving of fact sheets, research reports, books, and other educational material in both print and electronic media. Staff members review, edit, and catalog technical manuscripts that are being submitted to journals, and create posters, magazines, and displays. Editors and designers also provide information about disclaimer language; copyright requirements; basics of editing and proofreading; document preparation, management, and scheduling; types of printing available; and publishing cost estimates.
The Technology unit provides network services, technical support, technology training, multimedia and videoconferencing support, app development, and Web and intranet design and assistance. The staff assists in the transition of all websites to the university content management system and focuses on development for mobile devices.
This group serves all of Kansas State University and other clients. Print projects include everything from quick-copy services in single and multiple colors to large-scale digital printing of everything from brochures to books and similar materials, as well as related services such as cutting, folding, three-hole punching, collating, stitching, perfect-binding, and shrink-wrapping.