Edgar I. Farmer, Ed.D.

Edgar Farmer, Ed.D.

Dr. Farmer is currently a Professor of Education, and Director of Postsecondary Technical & Community College Leadership in the Workforce Education & Development program at the Pennsylvania State University. He is also the PSU Site Director for National Research and Dissemination Centers on Career & Technical Education. Before coming to Penn State, he served as Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Adult and Community College Education at North Carolina State University. His primary responsibilities were teaching, research, and serving as the Graduate Administrator for the Department. He is a former coordinator of Industrial and Technical Education and past editor of the Occupational Educational Form (OEF), a national refereed journal in Vocational Education. He is also a W.K. Kellogg National Fellow and former Director of a Kellogg Delegation to China.

He has worked extensively with school districts, government agencies, and other universities as a consultant in Vocational Education Programs. His research interests are Postsecondary Technical Education, and Vocational Special Needs with emphasis on disadvantaged students as described in the Vocational Education Acts. He served as a Guest Editor of the Journal for Vocational Special Needs Education. "Special Needs Populations Around the Corner...Around the World." This particular issue has received national as well as international recognition by many professionals.

He has also served as an Associate Professor of Industrial Technology (with Tenure) at North Carolina A&T State University. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Vocational Education at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During the summers of 1982, '83, and '84, he worked as a Special Technical Writing Assistant with AT&T Document Development Organization in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He began his teaching career as a Building Trades Instructor from 1971 to 1974 at the Vocational Preparatory School and Pembroke High School in Hampton, Virginia.

His other professional experience includes that of being an U.S. Amry Educational Liaison for the 173rd Airborne Brigade in the Republic of South Vietnam. During such time, he was awarded the Army Commendation and Bronze Star Medals.

He holds membership in several national professional organizations, including Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society and the American Vocational Education Association, International Vocational Education & Training Association and the American Vocational Association. He recently served as the Vice President of T&I for the National Association of Industrial and Technical Teacher Educators (NAITTE) and a past candidate for President-Elect of NAITTE. He is currently the President of Alpha Chapter of Iota Lambda Sigma, a professional vocational education fraternity.

Dr. Farmer and his wife, Barbara, have two sons and a daughter.

Courses taught by Dr. Farmer:

Cultural Diversity in the Workplace
The Community College & Technical Institute
Research in Workforce Education & Development
Leadership Models and Concepts in Postsecondary Technical Education & Community Colleges

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