Dr. Maxwell grew up on an 1100-acre family farm in Farmer City, Illinois. He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, Collegiate FFA, and the College Agbassador Team. In 2001, Dr. Maxwell graduated with his Bachelor of Science in General Agriculture with a Specialization in Agricultural Education. He served for three years as the Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor at Iroquois West High School in Gilman, IL. After completing a Master of Science Degree, Dr. Maxwell returned to SIUC in 2005 where he served as the Coordinator of Recruitment, Retention, and Placement for the College of Agricultural Sciences. In 2007, he began work on his doctoral degree in Agricultural Education, graduating from the University of Missouri in 2010. For five years, Dr. Maxwell served as an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education at Arkansas Tech University. While at Tech, he served as faculty advisor to the Agriculture Ambassadors, Collegiate FFA, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Sorority, and the Agriculture Living Learning Community. In 2017, he was recognized by the student body as the Agricultural Teacher of the Year. Additionally, he was recognized by the University as the Outstanding Faculty/Staff Advisor of the Year and the Young Professor of the Year in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. In August of 2017, Dr. Maxwell began his career at Illinois State University where he will work with students at the undergraduate and graduate level pursuing degrees in Agricultural Education, Communication, and Leadership.
Faculty Professional Development, Secondary Teacher Preparation and Professional Development, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.