THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION
 

FACULTY

Full-time: 13
Part-time: 5
Ph.D. Degree: 15
M.S. Degree: 3

@Full-Time

@@Professors

Kun-Sun Shiao: Ph.D., Ohio State Univ., USA (Chairperson)
Ching-Yung Liu: M.S., Michigan State Univ. USA
Hong-Chin Tsai: Ph.D., Brown Univ., USA
Chao-Lang Chen: Ph.D., Ohio State Univ., USA
Shu-Kwei Kao: M.S., National Taiwan Univ., ROC
Yeu-Sheng Hsieh: Ph.D., Penn. State Univ., USA

@@Associate Professors

Shu-Ken Sun: Ph.D., Parixs 7th Univ., France
Yei-Fei Su: Ph.D., Univ. of Texas (Austin), USA
Erh-Rou Lai: Ph.D., Iowa State Univ., USA
Hsiu-Ping Yueh: Ph.D., Penn. State Univ., USA

@@Assistant Professors

Jiun-Hao Wang: Ph.D., Kassel Univ., Germany
Ho-chia Chueh: Ph.D., Univ. of Auckland, New Zealand
Yu-Hua Chen: Ph.D. Penn. State Univ.,USA

Part-Time

Bosco Wen Ruey Lee: Ph.D., Univ. of Minnesota, USA
Hsueh-Yi Lu: Ph.D., National Philippine Univ., Philippines
Yung-Chung Chiu: Ph.D., National Taiwan Univ., ROC
Gee Chin Paul Hou: M.S., Univ. of Iowa, USA
Ping-Hung Chen: Ph.D.,Penn. State Univ.,USA

FACILITIES

The department is located on the fourth and fifth floors of the Agricultural Hall. In order to let our students to get hands on experience with instructional technology and media, many facilities such as Video Production Systems, Sound Slide Production Systems, Sound Recording Studio, Computer Graphics & Production Systems, Overhead Transparencies Production Equipment, Interactive Video Systems, CD-ROM, CD-I Player, and a VOD system are mounted in our audio-visual laboratory. Two computer network labs facilitated with sets of Pentium personal computers, Hp sever, laser printers and color scanners, are open for students to work on their projects and programs.

PROGRAMS OF STUDY

The department of Agricultural Extension was established by Dr. Martin C. Yang, a rural sociologist, in 1960. At this stage, there are two divisions of the programs, the Extension Education and the Rural Sociology, for the undergraduate students. Each student should complete a minimun of 128 credit hours to obtain the degree of Bachelor of Agriculture. The master's program was started in 1969, 24 credits of course work as well as thesis are required for students to get a M.S. degree. The Graduate Institute started offering a maximum seven-year program leading to the Ph.D. degree since 1988. To earn the Ph.D. degree, a student should complete a minimum of 37 credits of course work in addition to the doctoral dissertation.

Requirement for the Undergraduate
(1) Undergraduate
Courses Credits
Chinese Literature (6)
Foreign Languages and Literatures (6)
History (4)
Constitution and Civil Education (2)
General Education Subjects (12)
Athletics (0)
Total (30)
Sociology (3)
Introduction to Agricultural Extension (3)
Introduction to Agriculture (2)
Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
Agricultural Economics (3)
Rural Sociology (3)
Communication (3)
Statistics (6)
Research Methods (3)
Extension Practice (2)
Agricultural Administration (3)
Hand-on Experience of Modern Agriculture (2)
Service Education (0)
*The Extension Education Program Learning Psychology (3)
Adult Education (3)
Agricultural Extension (3)
Instructional Design and Methods (3)
Agricultural Information Communication (3)
*The Rural Sociology Program
The Rural Sociology Theories (3)
Organization Sociology (3)
Social Change (3)
Sociology of Leisure (3)
Rural Community Development (3)
Total (51)

Requirement for the Graduate
(2) M.S.
Courses Credits
Thesis Seminar (I) (1)
Seminar (II) (1)
Seminar (III) (1)
Seminar (IV) (1) (minimum four out off the below eleven)
Rural Education and Rural Development (3)
Agricultural Extension Organization and Management (3)
Administration Theories (3)
Community Theories and Research (3)
Sociological Theories (3)
Advanced Rural Sociology (3)
Communication Theories (3)
Advanced Social Research Methods (3)
Principles of Teaching and Technology (3)
Evaluation Theory (3)
Agricultural Communication Strategy (3)
Total (16)

(3) Ph.D.
Courses Credits
Dissertation Seminar (I) (1)
Seminar (II) (1)
Seminar (III) (1)
Seminar (IV) (1)
Educational Philosophy of Agricultural Extension (3)
Theories of Rural Society Development (3)
Total (10)

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

(1) Academic and Research Activities
In addition to the periodic publications of the Review of Agricultural Extension Science, seminars and symposium related to agricultural education, strategies of agriculture, or rural development are held two or three times each year. Well-known specialists or outstanding alumni are invited to lecture such meetings. Sometimes, scholars or specialists from abroad are also invited in order to exchange the latest technology and research information. For many years, the faculty members in the department have cooperated with National Science Council, Council of Agriculture, and various Farmer's Organizations to conduct numerous studies in the fields of rural sociology and extension education.

(2) Extension Activities
Through the Committee of Agricultural Extension, NTU, the Rural Youth Research Association, and the 4-H club, NTU, the department have cooperated with other departments in the College of Bioresources and Agriculture, and have participated actively in the rural community services and extension activities. Moreover, the department also works with agricultural administrative institutions and other farmer's organizations to implement counseling, planning and evaluating activities. Training programs or workshops for extension agents are held during summer and winter sessions every year. In the future, these activities will even be expanded to the international cooperation services all over the world.