This month we will introduce you to Dr. Kristin Stair, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education and Evaluation and the Rector of Agriculture Residential College. Dr. Stair grew up in Tennessee and received her undergraduate degree in Agricultural and Information Science and Education from Mississippi State University. She received her master’s degree in Agricultural Education from North Carolina State University and then taught high school agriculture in North Carolina. She went back to North Carolina State University to receive her doctorate in Agricultural Education. Prior to coming to LSU, Dr. Stair was a faculty member at New Mexico State University.
What drew you to LSU and the College of Agriculture?
After living out west for several years, I was excited for the opportunity to return to this area. My husband’s family is from Louisiana, so this was our chance to come home! When I interviewed here I fell in love with the campus and the culture of LSU and was absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work here with Agricultural Education and the Ag Residential College!
What advice do you have for future students?
Start your LSU experience from day one! Because I teach all of the AGRI 1001 classes, I see a lot of students who get caught up in being at LSU and think they have time to put off being involved and achieving academically. It’s easy to slip into bad habits and that can be hard to make up! If you can start on day one, you can balance all of your social activities, academics and involvement.
Most research suggests that students who are most successful in college are 1) good time managers and 2) active and involved within their university. Both pieces are vitally important to your overall success. We want you to come to LSU and be engaged academically while you still get the chance to experience all of the wonderful parts of being a student on campus. Good planning is the key!
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love to teach students about agriculture. In AGRI 1001 and AGRI 1011, I get the opportunity to teach about the different areas of agriculture and about issues in those fields. As a high school agriculture teacher, I was passionate about that mission, and it is so great to get to continue it. I want all of my students to find the field that they are passionate about and understand how other areas of agriculture will impact them. We are all advocates for agriculture and I want to ensure that my students can be a part of that message.
On the Agricultural Education side of my job, my favorite part is working with the student teachers. Getting to see my students grow into being teachers themselves is an amazing opportunity! I am always so proud of what they accomplish during their time in our program and with their own programs when they start teaching.
I also have to admit, I love the culture of LSU. From tailgating and football, to Mardi Gras and crawfish season, this has been such an amazing place to live!