Dr. Nicole Stedman, Associate Professor of Agricultural Leadership Education and Chair of the Faculty Senate, joined the University of Florida in 2007 as an Assistant Professor.
Dr. Stedman academic appointment resides in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Her primary focus within leadership education is on the role of emotions in the decision-making process. She has worked to establish the model of Emotionally Engaged Thinking (EET) stemming from the areas of critical thinking and emotional intelligence. Much of her work has focused on higher education instruction with a specific interest in college student leadership education and development. Her work has contributed to over 2 million in grant projects promoting teaching and learning within a global context to solve our societal wicked or grand challenges. She has served on regional and national committees of the American Association for Agricultural Education, as well as serving the Association of Leadership Educators as President (2011-2012).
Born in California, she was raised in New Smyrna Beach, Florida where she has a long family history. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences in 1998 from the University of Florida, while working full time at the Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office as a Program Specialist for Project Payback. During that time, she pursued her master’s degree in Agricultural Education and Communication with an emphasis in Leadership Education. After completing her MS degree in 2001, she entered her doctorate in Agricultural Education and Communication, again focusing on Leadership Education with a specific interest in teaching and learning theory. After graduating with her PhD in 2004, she spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Leadership Education at Texas A&M University in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications. She was promoted and tenured at the rank of Associate Professor in 2010.
She is an active scholar leading and contributing to over 30 referred journal manuscripts, 86 conference presentations, posters, and abstracts, and 2 book chapters. She has been invited nationally and internationally to present research on critical thinking, challenging educators to pursue rigor and excellence in teaching students how to address complex adaptive challenges. Her work has taken her to twelve countries from the Caribbean, South American and Europe presenting research, working with collaborators, and study abroad experiences.
She currently serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, as well as serving as the Director of AEC e-Learning. She mentors and advises undergraduates and has chaired and/or served on 66 master and doctoral committees.
She has been an active member of the University of Florida’s faculty affairs including serving as a member of many committees and councils at the university level and within the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
She is married to Jeremy Stedman who owns Stedman Renovation. They have three daughters, Jordan, Sarah and Olivia.