Matt R. Raven is a Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. Dr. Raven received his B.S. in Plant Science (Agronomy and Range Science) as well as his Ag Specialist and Life Science Single Subject teaching credentials from University of California at Davis, his Masters in Agricultural Education from Kansas State University and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from The Ohio State University. Prior to Michigan State University he served on the faculty at Montana State University and Mississippi State University and as a program evaluator for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. His research interests include teaching and learning in higher education, knowledge sharing and creation in social networks with emphasis on diffusion and adoption of innovations especially in the context of agriculture and community food systems, and the connection between healthy soils, healthy food, healthy people, and healthy communities with an emphasis on the utilization of grazing livestock to improve our soils. Dr. Raven is a faculty coordinator of the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center (UPREC) located in Chatham, Michigan with responsibilities in community food systems. Dr. Raven also coordinates the agriculture, food and natural resource pre-service teacher program and assists with the Residential Initiative for Studying the Environment (RISE) specialization. He currently serves as the faculty advisor for the Graduate Student Organization.

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