- Undergraduate Education
- B.S. Agricultural Education, Oklahoma State University
- Graduate Education
- M.Ed. Agricultural Education, Agricultural Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia
- Ph.D. Agricultural Education, Agricultural Engineering, Higher & Adult Education, Research Methods, University of Missouri-Columbia
- 2012 Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications. Texas A&M University
- 2011 Borlaug Senior Scientist
- 2010 Bush Award of Excellence for International Research
- 2009 Senior Fellow in American Association for Agricultural Education
- 2008 10th Mountain Division Combat Patch (Honorary) presented by MG Michael L. Oates, US Army Commanding and CSM James W. Redmore, US Army Division Command Sergeant Major. Baghdad, Iraq
- 2007 Memorable Gold Medal of Armenian State Agrarian University awarded by the Scientific Council of ASAU and presented by Rector Arshaluys Tarverdyan, Yerevan, Armenia
- 1996 Fellow in American Association for Agricultural Education
President of American Association for Agricultural Education. *** Russell Guin Outstanding Agricultural Educator by the American Association for Agricultural Education. *** VIP Award by the National FFA Association. *** Clemson University College of Agricultural Sciences “Honor Roll of Professors for Dedication to Superior Teaching.” *** National Agricultural Mechanics Committee Distinguished Service Award. *** Distinguished Service Award – Southern Region Agricultural Education. *** Mississippi State University Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching, Research, Publications, and Professional Activities. *** Alpha Zeta Outstanding Teacher Award, MSU Chapter. *** Block and Bridle Outstanding Professor Award, MSU Chapter. *** Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Researcher Award, MSU Chapter. *** Distinguished Service Award, Mississippi Jaycees. *** Outstanding Service Award, Missouri Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association. *** Outstanding Teacher Award, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. *** Recognized Among Ten Most Productive Scholars in Agricultural Education. 1970-1980-1990.
Research Topical Area
International agricultural development, Higher agricultural education planning and development, Post-Conflict development, Future trend analysis
Planning & Needs Assessment; Change Theory and Processes; American & European Higher Education; Evaluation & Performance Measures (Higher Agricultural Education)
Knowledge Base: Planning & Needs Assessment; Project Management, Evaluation & Accountability
Contextual Applications: International Agricultural Development & Education; Technological Change; Adult Education and Training; Agricultural Technology; Agricultural & Extension Education
Shinn, G. C., Briers, G. E., Knauft, D. A. & Navarro, M. (2016). Conceptualizing bachelor’s degree agricultural education curricula for 2050. Competence 2016 Wageningen. International conference on competence theory, research and practice. Wageningen, The Netherlands. October 20, 2016
Shinn, G. C. (2016). A Silver Mirror and a Crystal Ball—Reflecting on the Past While Looking to the Future. The Agricultural Education Magazine. January-February. 85(6) pp 25-29.
Shinn, G. C., Navarro, M, & Briers, G. E. (2015). Role of quality assurance and program accreditation in supporting development of innovative agricultural curricula. (pp. 153-170). In: I. Romagosa, M. Navarro S. Heath & A. Lopez-Francos (Eds.). Agricultural Higher Education in the 21st Century. A global challenge in knowledge transfer to meet world demands for food security and sustainability. Zaragoza: CIHEAM, 2015. Series A: Mediterranean Seminars 2015: Number 113.
Shinn, G. C. (2013). Higher education priorities and direction for agriculture, natural resources, and environmental sciences: viewpoints from South Sudan. Prepared for Catholic University-Wau, JohnGarang Memorial University of Science and Technology, and the University of Juba. Produced for review by the United States Agency for International Development.
Nyambi, G. N., Shinn, G. C. & Briers, G. E. (2013). Examining a national agricultural extension and advisory system: A case study of the North West and South West regions of Cameroon. The Asian International Journal of Life Sciences, Asia Life Sciences Supplement (9) 51-63
Tiemann, J., Garbee, K., & Shinn, G. (2013) Using applied research to guide program innovation. The Agricultural Education Magazine. 85(6) 25-28. May-June.
Shinn, G. C., Ford, R. K., Attaie, R., & Briers, G. E. (2012). Understanding Afghan Opinion Leaders’ Viewpoints About Post-Conflict Foreign Agricultural Development: A Case Study in Herat Province, Afghanistan. Journal of International Agricultural & Extension Education. (in review)
Shinn, G. C. & Briers, G. E. (2011). Tools for sustainable food security and development: Integrating PRA-RRA, swim lane diagrams, and value chains in decision-making and prioritizing agricultural development investments. AIAEE World Conference Research Session. Windhoek, Namibia. July 5, 2011.
Nyambi, G. N., Shinn, G. C., Briers, G. E., & Murphy, T. H. (2011). A comparative analysis of general agricultural extension models and a conceptual goodness of fit for Cameroon. AIAEE World Conference Research Session. Windhoek, Namibia. July 5, 2011.
Nguyen, A. A., Dooley, K. E., Shinn, G. C., & Robinson, S. (2011). Cross-sector collaboration for agricultural and rural development: A case study of nonprofit-government partnerships in Vietnam. AIAEE World Conference Research Session. Windhoek, Namibia. July 5, 2011.
Hafer, J. C., Shinn, G. C., Briers, G. E., & Lawver, D. E. (2011). Agricultural development assessments and strategies in post-conflict settings: An empirical case study of eight southern Iraqi provinces. AIAEE World Conference Research Session. Windhoek, Namibia. July 5, 2011.
2010 Shinn, G. C. (2010) Was Friedman correct? Is the world really flat? If so, what does it mean for agricultural education? The Agricultural Education Magazine. March-April.
Shinn, G. C. & Briers, G. E. (2010). Experience—Is it the chicken or the egg? Techniques. ebruary 2010.
Oleas, C., Dooley, K. E., Shinn, G. C. & Guisti, C. (2010). A case study of the diffusion of agricultural innovations in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Journal of International Agricultural & Extension Education. Summer. 17(2) pp. 33-44. DOI: 10.5191
G. E. Briers, G. E., Lindner, J. R., Shinn, G. C., Wingenbach, G. W., & Baker, M. T. (2010). Standardization of Doctoral Study In Agricultural and Extension Education: Is the Field Of Study Mature Enough For Achievement of the Optimum Degree of Order? A paper presented at the APLU-ICA Conference, April 7-9, 2010. Gent, Belgium
2016-17 ~ Technical assistance for Kandahar University and Jawzjan University Afghanistan. Scope of work includes needs assessment, university curricula, courses, lessons, laboratories, and evaluation. Assisting faculty developing higher education core competencies.
2015 ~ Resident faculty development Agriculture Education College of Afghanistan through Wageningen UR’s Centre for Development Innovation. Scope of work included curriculum development and faculty core competence, updating the national agricultural high school curriculum, developing new teaching materials, and teacher training.
2013 – Conducted needs assessment for higher agricultural education for the Catholic University of South Sudan (Wau), JG-MUST, and University of Juba with Virginia Tech OIRED.
2012-13 ~ Resident support to Dr. John Garang Memorial University Science and Technology in Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan. Scope of work included developing university curricula, courses, lessons, and faculty capacity. Advised JG-MUST faculty in improved teaching methods, including improved instructional technology and laboratories.
2010-11 ~ Resident Team Leader, Afghanistan Agricultural Development Project, Herat Afghanistan. Team Borlaug provided leadership for post-conflict development, including farmer’s associations, women’s food processing centers, quality control laboratories, a farmer-owned cooperative council, and technical assistance for agricultural extension (DAIL) and Herat University College of Agriculture.
2009 to 2010 ~ Co-Principal Investigator, Strengthening Teaching Capacities at the Universidad Nacional Agraria, La Molina, Peru. Scope of work included strengthening teaching capacity and research capacity moving toward a competency-based university curriculum in agricultural competitiveness and enhancing technical research and dissemination of innovation through a series of iterative experiences.
2009 ~ Consultant to Seoul National University of Technology (Korea). Agriculture and education: Fusion of old and new. A paper especially for faculty and students of Seoul National University of Technology.
2008 – 09 ~ Resident Deputy Team Leader, Iraqi Advisory Group. Building on Dr. Norman Borlaug’s work, Team Borlaug provided agricultural development assessments to MND-C commanders and units with best solutions for priority activities using agricultural science and technology in eight southern Iraqi provinces—Babil, Dia Qhr, Diwaniyah, Karbala, Mayson, Muthana, Najaf, and Wasit.
2006-07 ~ Resident Advisor. Armenian State Agrarian University. Yerevan Armenia. Advisor to the Rector on matters of education, research, extension and administration related to the adoption and accommodation of the EU higher education standards recognized by the Bologna Convention and following amendments.