Edgar Farmer Reappointed Department Head of Learning and Performance Systems
By Suzanne Wayne (March 2007)
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. – Edgar Farmer, professor of education, has been reappointed as head of the Department of Learning and Performance Systems in the College of Education.
Farmer began his current term as department head on July 1, 2004. His reappointment extends his leadership role through June 30, 2010.
“I am very pleased that the Learning and Performance Systems Department and the College will continue to benefit from Dr. Farmer’s leadership,” said dean David Monk. “I appreciate Dr. Farmer’s dedication and his willingness to continue serving in this role.”
Farmer’s research interests are leadership, cultural diversity, and research methods in workforce education. He received his D.Ed. in Vocational Industrial Education from Penn State in 1978.
Farmer continues to direct the graduate program emphasis area in postsecondary technical and community college leadership in the workforce education and development program.
Previously, Farmer served as an administrative fellow to Eva Pell, the senior vice president for research and dean of the graduate school. He has also served as the Penn State site director for the National Research and Dissemination Centers on Career & Technical Education.
Before joining the Penn State faculty in 1996, Farmer served at North Carolina State University as director of graduate programs in the Department of Adult and Community College Education. He is a former coordinator of the Industrial and Technical Education program and past editor of the Occupational Educational Forum, now the Workforce Education Forum, a national refereed journal in career and technical education. He is also a W.K. Kellogg National Fellow and a CIC Fellow.