Keynote Speaker


Dr. Gary Moore

Searching for the Wizard of Oz--in the College Classroom 

This presentation contains images, sounds and video clips from the Wizard of Oz. The key points are: 

  • We are not in Kansas anymore - we need to make sure what we teach and how we teach is reflective of the present, not the past;
  • We need a brain - we need to utilize our brain by reading and studying the literature of teaching; teaching is not a random act;
  • We need a heart - it is important that we don’t forget the reason we exist is because of students and we need to demonstrate empathy and concern in out teaching,
  • We need courage - we must be willing to try new things in our classrooms, examples are provided, our students need to become engaged and not passive observers; and
  • There is no Wizard of Oz -- We individually can be the Wizard of Oz --at least in our classrooms, we hold our own teaching destiny in our hands 

Dr. Gary Moore is a tenured Full Professor of Agriculture and Extension Education at North Carolina State University. He serves as Director of Graduate Programs and teaches courses that focus on the history and philosophy of agricultural and extension education and the use of instructional technology in agricultural and extension education. He is a member of the NCSU Academy of Outstanding Teachers. 

Dr. Moore is a Fellow in the American Association for Agricultural Education and is a Teaching Fellow in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). He was selected by the University of Illinois as an “exemplary teacher” for a yearlong USDA sponsored study on teaching excellence during 2004-05. Each agriculture college in American could nominate one professor and 12 were selected from among those nominated. 

In 2003 he received the Russell Guin Award, which is presented to the outstanding Agricultural Educator in America. In 1996 he received the Ensminger-Interstate Distinguished Teacher Award presented by NACTA. He has twice been the opening session speaker at the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists. In 2003 he was the keynote speaker at an international agricultural education conference in the Netherlands. 

Gary is President of the Association for Career and Technical Education. He is the past president of the American Vocational Education Research Association, American Association for Agricultural Education, Alpha Tau Alpha (a national agricultural education honorary), The North Carolina Association of Career and Technical Teacher Educators and the North Carolina State chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta (an agricultural honorary). 

Dr. Moore has published 132 journal articles and presented 159 papers at professional conferences. He has also authored three textbooks. 

Dr. Moore is a native of Texas. He received a B.S. in Agriculture Education from Tarleton State University (Texas A&M system), a M.S. in Agriculture Education from the Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Agriculture Education from the Ohio State University.