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Agricultural Systems and Education Faculty

Our faculty are a unique blend of researchers, educators and professionals who are proven experts in their fields. 

Myron Albers, Senior Lecturer

Agricultural Systems and Education

I have been actively engaged in farming for 40 years with a specialization in Simmental and Black Angus cattle. In addition, I enjoy forage production and operating heavy construction equipment.

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Myron Albers

Office: Agriculture Building, Room 145-F
Phone: 618-453-6970

Ruplal Choudhary, Professor

Agricultural Systems and Education

Dr. Choudhary is a Food and Bioprocess Engineer with over 20 years of academic and industrial experience in design and development of food processing equipment and operations. Before moving to SIU, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Manitoba, and South Dakota State University.

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Ruplal Choudhary

Office: Agriculture Building, Room 158-C
Phone: 618-453-6985

Howard Heavner, Instructor

Agricultural Systems and Education

Dr. Heavner is from Valmeyer, Illinois. He completed his B.S. at Western Illinois University in Macomb. Howard completed both his Masters and Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He taught high school agriculture at Valmeyer for 33 years.

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Howard Heavner

Office: Agriculture Building, Room 176-E
Phone: 618-719-1778

Stella Kantartzi, Professor

Crop, Soil and Environmental Management

Dr. Stella K. Kantartzi joined the Department of Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2008 and currently serves as Professor. She published more than 65 refereed manuscripts and six book chapters; edited one book; released five cultivars and seven germplasm lines; and awarded over $7 million in federal and state grants. She serves as an Editor or Associate Editor for high-ranking scientific journals.


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Stella Kantartzi Office: Public Policy Institute, Room 107
Phone: 618-453-1793

Khalid Meksem, Professor

Crop, Soil and Environmental Management

Dr. Mek­sem joined the Department of Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems at SIU as an Assistant Professor from 2000 to 2005, then as Associ­ate Professor from 2005 to 2008, and was promoted to full Professor in 2009. He published more than 60 refereed manuscripts, 3 book chapters; Dr. Meksem edited 3 books and was awarded 4 patents on his work on disease resistance genes in potato and soybean. He serves as an editor and ad hoc reviewer for a number of international scientific journals as well as for national, federal and international granting agencies.

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Khalid Meksem Office: Public Policy Institute, Room 115
Phone: 618-453-3103 

Seburn Pense, Professor

Agricultural Systems and Education

Dr. Pense is originally from Tacoma, Washington. After serving 4 years in the U.S. Navy, he completed his B.S. and Masters degrees in California at U.C. Davis.

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Seburn Pense

Office: Agriculture Building, Room 154-A
Phone: 618-453-2467

Steven Still, Assistant Professor

Agricultural Systems and Education

Dr. Still was born in Champaign, Il and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He completed his BS in agriculture with a minor in agriculture education at The Ohio State University before teaching high school agriculture for eight years in central Ohio, during which he earned his M.Ed.

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Steven Still

Office: Agriculture Building, Room 176
Phone: 618-453-2498

Dennis Watson, Professor and Faculty Coordinator

Agricultural Systems and Education

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Dennis Watson

Office: Agriculture Building, Room 158-B
Phone: 618-453-6979

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