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Grant-In-Aid Funding Looks at Support Needs of Agricultural Teachers

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Thursday, December 20, 2018

How best to support new teachers in agriculture is the focus of research by Assistant Professor Richard Johnson at the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMN Crookston). Johnson recentlyAg Ed students with Richard Johnson received funding through the Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship program (GIA) at the University of Minnesota.

Once at work in a school, many teachers have similar subject matter colleagues in the same department. This helps with social support needs at school. However, many agricultural education teachers are in single-teacher programs and experience limited social support. 

Johnson’s research will examine support needs of early career agriculture teachers. “Research shows a significant number of public secondary educators leave the profession before reaching the fifth year milestone,” Johnson says.  “We want to find out why some teachers persist and others choose to leave the field. Our goal at the University of Minnesota Crookston is to prepare our teachers for the classroom with tools for ongoing success.”

The project seeks to investigate the self-perceived support needs of agricultural education teachers in their first five years of employment. A research agenda that is both qualitative and quantitative will analyze perceived support offered early career agricultural education teachers and the desired support of these teachers. 


The Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship program (GIA) promotes the research, scholarly, and artistic activities of faculty and supports academic excellence throughout the University.

Grant-in-Aid funds are used to support independent research, acting as seed money for developing projects to the point of attracting more complete, external funding.  

About UMN Crookston

One of five campuses that comprise the University of Minnesota System, the University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 35 bachelor's degree programs and 25 minors on campus as well as 16 degree programs entirely online. These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. Visit

About UMN

The University of Minnesota System, with campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities, is driven by a singular vision of excellence. We are proud of our land-grant mission of world-class education, groundbreaking research, and community-engaged outreach, and we are unified in our drive to serve Minnesota.

In the photo: Assistant Professor Richard Johnson, second from the right, with students in his ag education class. 


Cassandra Morthera

University Relations