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, serving as Noble Ruler in 1999, 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 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 works with students at the undergraduate and graduate level pursuing degrees in Agricultural Education, Communication, and Leadership. He is active at both the state and national levels in Agricultural Education serving on the Illinois University Council and the National FFA Agricultural Issues Career Development Event committee. At Illinois State, Dr. Maxwell chairs the Department of Agriculture Recruitment and Retention committee and serves on numerous other committees including the University Teacher Education Assessment Committee. He also serves as faculty advisor to multiple student organizations including Ag Ambassadors, Collegiate FFA and, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. His research focuses on secondary and post-secondary professional development in teaching and recruitment, retention, and placement in agriculture food fiber and natural resources. In September of 2018, Dr. Maxwell was recognized by the Non-land-grant Agriculture and Renewable Resources Universities (NARRU) as their Distinguished Young Educator. This national award recognizes one early career faculty member from over 60 eligible universities.
395.001Professional Seminar In Agriculture Education
302.001Special Problems In Agriculture
499.003Independent Research For The Masters Thesis
394.001Methods And Procedures In Agricultural Education
392.001Principles of Agricultural Leadership
302.017Special Problems In Agriculture
291.018Undergraduate Teaching Experiences In Agriculture
Teaching Methods, Curriculum Design, Team Leadership and Organizational Change, Verbal Communication.
Faculty Professional Development, Secondary Teacher Preparation and Professional Development, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.