Matt Raven PhD

Department of Community Sustainability, Professor, Coordinator, AgriScience Education

Matt Raven
Telephone: 517-432-0293


Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center
E3774 University Dr. Chatham,. MI 49816

Department of Community Sustainability
Center for Regional Food Systems

More information- Professor, Coordinator, AgriScience Education

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.

Matt is interested in the role that School Based Agriculture Education could play in developing & sustanining regional food systems. His background in educational research & analysis along with an extensive agricultural background positions him well for conducting program evaluations. Furthermore, he with in multidisciplinary teams in proposal development & implementation.

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