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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, M.S., 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
Email: mcalbers@siu.edu

Ruplal Choudhary, Ph.D., 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
Email: choudhry@siu.edu

Howard Heavner, Ph.D., 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
Email: hheavner7@siu.edu

Seburn Pense, Ph.D., 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
Email: sebpense@siu.edu

Dr. 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
Email: steven.still@siu.edu

Dennis Watson, Ph.D., Professor and Faculty Coordinator

Agricultural Systems and Education



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Dennis Watson

Office: Agriculture Building, Room 158-B
Phone: (618) 453-6979
Email: dwatson@siu.edu