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Seburn Pense

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.

He taught high school agriculture at Palm Springs, California and later taught in China for over twelve years. His Ph.D. was completed in 2002 at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Pense has served at SIUC as professor of Agricultural Education and Communications since 2003.

Seburn Pense

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

Special Interests

Curriculum Re-Design, Learning Disabled Students in Secondary Ag Ed Classrooms, Agricultural Literacy, Recruitment into an Agricultural Education Teaching Career, Minorities and Women in Agriculture, Research Priority Setting, Evaluation, Agricultural Communications


  • University of California, Davis [B.S., 1980]
  • University of California, Davis [M.Ed., 1985]
  • Oklahoma State University [Ph.D., 2002]


  • AGSE 110 – Introduction to Agricultural Education
  • AGSE 180 – Introduction to Agricultural Communications
  • AGSE 311 – Agricultural Education Programs
  • AGSE 314 – Agricultural Information Programs
  • AGSE 414 – Adult Education Procedures Methods and Techniques
  • AGSE 431 – International Agricultural Systems
  • PSAS 402 – Problems in Agricultural Education and Technologies
  • PSAS 500 – Research Methods
  • PSAS 590 – Research Readings

Recent Publications

  • Pense, S.L., Freeburg, B.W., and Clemons, C.A. (2015). Implementations of Common Core State Standards: Voices, Positions, and Frames. Journal of Career and Technical Education Research.
  • Groninger, J.W. and Pense, S.L. (2013). Expectations of agricultural extension programs among Afghan agriculture agents and international support personnel in southeastern Afghanistan. Outlook on Agriculture, 42(1), p. 1-7. doi: 10.5367/oa.2013.0116.
  • Calvin, J. and Pense, S.L., (2013). Identifying Effective Recruitment Strategies for Agriculture Teacher Education Programs During Times of Economic Instability and Declining State Budgets: A Focus Group Approach with Secondary Agricultural Education Teachers. Journal of Agricultural Education.
  • Pense, S.L. and Groninger, J.W. (2013). Assessing Extension Efforts in Afghanistan through the Eyes of U.S. Agricultural Support Personnel. Online Journal for Workforce Education and Development, 6(1), p. 1-22.
  • Pense, S.L., Calvin, J., Watson, D.G., and Wakefield, D.B. (2012). Incorporating Learning Objects in a Curriculum Re-design to Meet Needs of Students with Specific Learning Disabilities in Illinois Agricultural Education Programs. Journal of Agricultural Education, 53(4), p. 112-123. doi: 10.5032/jae.2012.04112.
  • Watson, D.G. and Pense, S.L. (2011). Teaching control programming using programmable automation controllers. Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 27(2): 295‐302.
  • Pense, S.L., Watson, D.G., and Wakefield, D.B. (2010). Learning disabled students’ needs met through curriculum re-design of Illinois Agricultural Education Core Curriculum. Journal of Agricultural Education, 51(2), p. 117-127. doi:10.5032/jae.2010.02117.
  • Pense, S.L. (2009). Curricular needs of students with specific learning disabilities surveyed in Illinois agricultural education programs. Journal of Agricultural Education, 50(2), p. 87-99.
  • Pense, S.L., Pense, T.L., Lee, S.W., Huang, J.B. and Wakefield, D.B. (2008). Sustainability of Taiwan’s Aquaculture Industry and its Ties to the United States-An Exploratory Qualitative Case Study. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, 32(3), p. 407-423.
  • Pense, S.L., Beebe, J., Leising, J.G., Wakefield, D.B., and Steffen, R.W. (2006). The agricultural literacy of urban/suburban & rural twelfth grade students in five Illinois high schools: An ex post facto study. Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research, 56(1), p. 5-17. Available:
  • Wakefield, D.B., Brandenburg, M.L., Talbert, B.A., Pense, S.L. (2006). Identifying the roles and challenges of female agricultural teachers employed in Illinois: A descriptive study. Journal for Workforce Education and Development, 2(1). Available:
  • Wakefield, D.B., Talbert, B.A., Pense, S.L. (2006). A descriptive study on the preparation of student teachers to work with diverse populations. Journal for Workforce Education and Development, 2(1). Available:
  • Pense, S.L., Leising, J.G., Portillo, M.T. and Igo, C.G. (2005). Comparative assessment of student agricultural literacy in selected Agriculture in the Classroom programs. Journal of Agricultural Education, 46(3), p. 107-118.
  • Watson, D.G., Pense, S.L., Harrison, T.V., Steffen, R.W. (2005). Introducing electronic systems concepts using old computers. Journal of Agricultural Systems, Technology, and Management, 20, p. 1-9. [Online]. Available:
  • Pense, S.L. and Leising, J.G. (2004). An assessment of food and fiber systems knowledge in selected Oklahoma high schools. Journal of Agricultural Education, 45(3), p. 86-96.
  • Kelsey, K.D., Pense, S.L. and Mariger, C.S. (2002). A case study of land grant university faculty perceptions toward serving stakeholders. National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal, 46(1), p. 50-57.
  • Kelsey, K.D. and Pense, S.L. (2001). Gathering stakeholder input for setting research priorities at the land grant university: A pilot study. [CD-ROM]. Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research, 51(1).
  • Kelsey, K.D. and Pense, S. L. (2001). A model for gathering stakeholder input for setting research priorities at the land grant university. Journal of Agricultural Education, 42(2), p. 18-27.
  • Kelsey, K.D., Mariger, C.S. and Pense, S.L. (2001). Serving stakeholders at a land grant university: Forestry professors present their views ten years after Boyer. [CD-ROM]. Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research, 51(1).
  • Leising, J.G., Pense, S.L. and Igo, C. (2000). An assessment of student agricultural literacy knowledge based on the Food and Fiber Systems Literacy Framework. Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research, 50(1), p. 140-145.