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Past Winners of the Teacher of the Week

Tiffany Drape


The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) recognizes Tiffany Drape, research associate of Agricultural and Extension Education, for putting theory into practice, engaging with a wide range of learners, and finding solutions to the various challenges both environments provide.

Dr. Drape has taught a variety of courses at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences such as Communicating Agriculture and Life Sciences in Speaking, Program Planning in Adult, Extension, and Agricultural Education, and Research Applications in Agricultural and Extension Education. As the instructor of an online graduate course, Foundations of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education (ALCE), her objective was to “introduce students to the multiple aspects of ALCE-past, present, and future.” Dr. Drape has made it clear in the course description that students would be “required to think critically and creatively evaluate what our profession does, why we do it, and what the future of the agriculture industry would look like using our own experiences and reflecting on them.”

No matter the class environment – large or small, online or face-to-face – Dr. Drape’s focus has been described as allowing students to form their own opinions backed by researched evidence and the students’ past experiences. She is dedicated to bringing the insights of agriculture education to students’ lived experience, both at the local and global level.

Dr. Drape completed the New Faculty Certificate Program in 2015. She earned a nomination for the X-Caliber Award in 2010 and an Outreach and Service Award in the Giles County School Division in 2012 for her work with middle school students and professional development with teachers in middle school science and math. Prior to university teaching, Dr. Drape taught middle and high school agriscience, where she was nominated as Outstanding Young Teacher.


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