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Jennifer Steele, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Chair - Sociology


Dr. Steele received an M.S. and Ph.D. in Rural Sociology from Penn State University, specializing in natural resource sociology and rural community and economic development.

Her appointment is service and teaching-oriented. She coordinates departmental advising, directly advises current and prospective students, and plays a lead role in the department’s curriculum assessment efforts.

While research is a smaller component of her position, Dr. Steele pursues inquiry aimed at enhancing her service and teaching and collaborates with Extension Service colleagues and others on a variety of projects related to agricultural and forest management practices and to program evaluation.

Selected Publications

Steele, Jennifer. 2009. “Model Learning Outcomes for Introductory Rural Sociology: A Proposal and  Rationale.” Southern Rural Sociology 24(3):17-28.

Steele, Jennifer, David W. McGill, Rakesh S. Chandran, William N. Grafton, and Cynthia D. Huebner. 2008. “Landowner Characteristics Associated with Receiving Information about Invasive Plants and Implications for Outreach Providers.” Journal of Extension [On-line], 46(6) Article 6FEA7. Available at:

Steele, Jennifer, Rakesh S. Chandran, William N. Grafton, Cynthia D. Huebner, and David W. McGill. 2006. “Awareness and Management of Invasive Plants among West Virginia Woodland Owners.” Journal of Forestry 104(5):248-253.

Courses Taught