- 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
- 2017 Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence-Collaboration
- 2015 AIAEE Outstanding Leadership Award
- 2014 Senior Fellow – American Association for Agricultural Education
- 2012 Emeritus Professor, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications, Texas A&M University.
- 2011 Borlaug Senior Scientist
- 2010 George H.W. Bush ‘41 Award of Excellence in International Research
- 2009 Senior Fellow - American Association for Agricultural Education
- 2008 10th Mountain Division Combat Patch (Honorary) Baghdad, Iraq
- 2007 Memorable Gold Medal of Armenian State Agrarian University awarded by the Scientific Council of ASAU
- 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
American & European Higher Education; Change Theory and Processes; Futuring; Planning & Needs Assessment; Evaluation & Performance Measures; P-20 School Transformation.
Planning & Needs Assessment; Program Development; Delivery Strategies; Evaluation & Accountability
Agricultural & Extension Development; Community Cultures, Inclusion, & Diversity; International Agricultural Development; Rural School Transformation; Technological Change.
Wilson, A., Briers, G., & Shinn, G. (2020, May). Perceptions of school culture among stakeholders in a highly innovative rural school. A white paper prepared for the RCISD Stakeholders & Practitioners.
Alexander, K.D., Briers, G.E. & Shinn, G.C. (2019). Collegiate Edu-Nation P-20 System Model Handbook for 21st Century School Transformation. A handbook for district leadership, school administrators, and community stakeholders pursuing transformative results in public schools. Roscoe, TX: Collegiate Edu-Nation.
Shinn, G., Briers, G., Baker, M., Dooley, K., Harder, A., Lindner, J., Edwards, M., Strong, R., & Lawver, D. (2019). James E. Christiansen, Ph.D. The work, philosophy, practices, relationships, and impacts: A line-of-sight linking the dash. April 2, 2019. Association of International Agricultural and Extension Education: City of Port of Spain, Trinidad-Tobago.
Shinn, G. C. & Barrick, R. K. (2018). Conversations about inclusion in an AIAEE Context: A Review of Radical Inclusion: What the Post-9/11 world should have taught us about leadership. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education. 25th Anniversary Special Issue. pp 21-26. DOI: 10.5191/jiaee.2018.25401.
Alexander, K. Briers, G., Coulter, N., & Shinn, G. (2018). A view from a rural superintendent’s corner of the world: BOLDness required! An invitation to action for rural schools. Insight. Spring 2018. 33(1) 34-37.
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., 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, John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology, and the University of Juba. United States Agency for International Development.
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. Summer. 19(2) 27-38. DOI:10:5191/jiaee.2012.19204
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.
Buriak, P., & Shinn, G.C. (1993). Structuring research for agricultural education: A national Delphi involving internal experts. Journal of Agricultural Education. 34(2), pp 31-36.
Buriak, P., & Shinn, G.C. (1989). Mission, initiatives, and obstacles to research in agricultural education: A national Delphi using external decision-makers. Journal of Agricultural Education. 30(4), pp 14–23.
Shinn, G. C. (1975). Who should design the curriculum? A comparison of teachers and managers as data-sources. Journal of the American Association of Teacher Educators in Agriculture. 16(2), pp 17-22.
2020-2021 ~ External Advisor to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research for the National Agricultural Higher Education Project. Scope of work includes strengthening the system by investing on infrastructure, competency and commitment of faculty, and attracting talented students to agriculture.
2016-2019 ~ Technical assistance for Kandahar University and Jawzjan University Afghanistan. Scope of work included needs assessment, university curricula, course design, 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, and teacher training.
2013-15 – 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 Advisor to Dr. John Garang Memorial University Science and Technology in Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan. Scope of work included developing university curricula, courses, 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, enhancing technical research and 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.
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.
2005. Professional development and sabbatical study for three months in four locations: Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey Mexico; Wageningen University RC in Wageningen the Netherlands; the American Farm School and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) in Thessaloniki Greece; and the University of Melbourne, Monash University & Charles Sturt University in Victoria & New South Wales, Australia. The 2005 study investigated alternative business models for eLearning, collected alternative instructional designs and delivery strategies, examined new technologies for rural settings and identified relevant partners for international collaboration.