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2019 Student Education & Career Day - Sunday, July 21

This seminar for students will be held on July 21, 2019 as part of the 2019 ASHS Annual Conference. You can select the seminar when you register for the conference.  If you have already registered for the conference and would now like to add it, please click here


Title: Growing Horticulturists:

Being Successful in Your Career


Participants: The workshop will be aimed for students (undergraduate, graduates) and new professionals (postdocs, faculty with less than 3 years' experience, new commercial employees with less than 3 years' experience).

Agenda (Subject to Change)

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM: Characteristics of Success and Leadership

1:00-1:10: Introduction of ASHS and Session  - Kent Kobayashi

1:10-1:30: Beginning a Path to Leadership  - John Dole

1:30-1:45: Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace - How to be successful – Dean Kopsell

1:45-2:15: Characteristics of Successful People and Successful Behaviors - Desmond Layne

 2:15- 2:30 How to Use Networking and Mentorships after landing the job - Jessica Gilbert


2:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Networking refreshment break

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3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Ingredients and metrics of success in your chosen career (split into 2 tracks)


Track 1 - Academic Careers  - ModeratorDean Kopsell

3:00 - 3:15 Top Tips for Teaching Success Dave Kopsell

3:15 - 3:30 Aiming for Tenure? How to get there.  John Clark

3:30 - 3:45 Important Ways to Build Your CV – Amy Wright

3:45 - 4:00 Tips on Work-Life Balance in Academics Gary Bachman

4:00 - 4:30 Words of Advice from Newly Hired Panel - Moderator Dennis Ray, panelists - Margaret WorthingtonChris Marble, and Casey Barickman 


Track 2 - Commercial Careers – Moderator: Mercy Olmstead

3:00 - 3:15 Aligning Personal Objectives with Corporate Goals  Craig Campbell

3:15 - 3:30 Negotiating for Employment, Juggling Multiple Offers, and Navigating the Benefits of a Job Offer Brian Trader

3:30 - 3:45 Tips on Keeping Yourself Marketable Logan McCollum

3:45 - 4:00 Tips on Work-Life Balance  Alicain Carlson

4:00 - 4:30 Words of Advice from Young Professionals Panel. Moderator – Mercy Olmstead; 3 panelists: Jessica Gilbert , 2 TBD   

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM - Wrap Up

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Career Fair and Networking Reception

Any University, Organization, or Company interested in exhibiting in the Career & Graduate School Fair, being held after the education portion of the seminar, please click here for more information and to register.


2019 Presenters (list to be completed shortly)


  Curt Rom, Seminar Organizer

Curt Rom is a University Professor of Horticulture at the University of Arkansas with specialization in fruit crops and sustainable and organic production systems.  He leads the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative.  He has been an ASHS member for 38 years and is a Fellow of the Society, past President, past Treasurer, and past Vice President.  He currently is the Associate Dean for International Education in the Graduate School and International Education and serves as the university’s senior international officer.  



 Gary Bachman

Dr. Gary R. Bachman spent 13 years with the GTE corporation in Detroit, MI and Westminster, SC.  He received his BS and MS from Clemson University and his PhD. From the Ohio State University.  Gary was previously on the faculty at Tennessee Tech University and Illinois State University. Currently, he is the Extension (90%) and Research (10%) Professor of Horticulture at the Coastal Research & Extension Center, Mississippi State University. 

Since 2010, he is the host of the awarding winning Mississippi State University Extension Service’s Southern Gardening TV, radio, newspaper columns and social media outlets.

Gary and his wife Katie, who is a consultant for IBM, live in Ocean Springs, MS. They are urban homesteaders and operate the Heritage Cottage designed to be a demonstration urban farm to grow an abundance of locally grown specialty vegetables and produce all year long.

Gary was recently named the Great American Gardener by the American Horticultural Society and awarded the 2019 B.Y. Morrison Communication Award.

T. Casey Barickman

T. Casey Barickman is an Assistant Research Professor at Mississippi State University’s North Mississippi Research and Extension Center specializing in plant physiology and sustainable vegetable production systems. His research program is centered in the identification and understanding of plant morphological and physiological adaptation mechanisms to environmental stresses and in the development of sustainable vegetable production systems. His research emphasis is on genotype selection and development for flood, drought, and heat tolerance, water and nutrient use efficiencies, high yield, and improved phytonutrients; sustainable fertility and irrigation management; plant growth regulators to modulate seedling, plant and fruit growth; and protected cultivation - high tunnel and greenhouse hydroponic systems.



Craig Campbell

Craig is the Senior Field R&D Scientist, Valent U.S.A. LLC. He is based near Orlando, Florida. Craig is a native Floridian who grew up in Homestead at the southern tip of the mainland. Specialty crops (fruits and vegetables) and development of all types of biorational pesticides are his current research areas. Craig’s career in the horticulture industry spans nearly 30 years. Craig has been active in the ASHS since 1986. 


Alicia Carlson

Dr. Alicain Carlson earned her MS and PhD in Horticultural Science from North Carolina State University studying cut flower production and postharvest. She co-authored the book Postharvest Handling of Cut Flowers and Greens and regularly writes articles for trade publications. She is currently the Technical Trial Manager at Syngenta Flowers in Gilroy, CA. For the last 4 years, Dr. Carlson and her team have conducted trials to improve propagation and finish of bedding plants and enhance postharvest performance of URCs and finished plants. Her team's trials support data-driven marketing campaigns and the creation of new variety culture guides to ensure grower success.





John Clark

John R. Clark is a distinguished professor of horticulture at the University of Arkansas. His research responsibilities are his primary appointment, where he works in the  University’s Division of Agriculture fruit breeding program. He has worked in the breeding  program since joining the University of Arkansas in 1980. Crops he has worked with include blackberries, table grapes, wine and muscadine grapes, blueberries, and peaches/nectarines. He has also taught in the areas of plant breeding and fruit production and advised graduate and undergraduate students. He has developed more than 60 varieties of various fruits and has been involved in cooperative breeding activities at several locations in the United States in addition to Europe, Mexico, South America, and Australia. 


John Dole

John Dole is Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University.  He previously served as Director of Graduate Programs and Head of the Department of Horticultural Science.  He is past President of the American Society for Horticultural Science and is one of the founders of Seed Your Future, a national movement dedicated to promoting horticulture and inspiring people to pursue horticultural careers.  His research area is the development, production and postharvest of cut flowers.






David Kopsell

David Kopsell is an Assistant Chairperson and Professor of Horticulture in the Agriculture Department at Illinois State University.  He has taught 16 different courses in horticulture and agriculture at the college level and has received over 20 teaching awards including the 2015 ASHS Outstanding Undergraduate Educator Award.


Dean Kopsell

Dean Kopsell is Professor and Chair of the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida.  Dr. Kopsell received a BS degree in Agribusiness – Horticulture in 1992 from Illinois State University.  He received his MS degree in 1995 and his Ph.D. in 1999 from the Horticulture Department at the University of Georgia.  Previously, Dr. Kopsell has been a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Tennessee.  He specializes in the areas of plant nutrition and plant improvement of specialty horticultural crops.  Dr. Kopsell has taught courses in introductory horticulture, plant soils relations, plant nutrition, and professional development to undergraduate and graduate students.    



Desmond Layne

Desmond R. Layne, Ph.D.  Head and Professor of Pomology, Department of Horticulture, Auburn University.  2018 ASHS Fellow.  Dr. Layne has more than 25 years of professional experience in horticultural science including teaching, applied research, extension outreach and administrative leadership.  Since graduate school he has gained diverse Land-Grant experience from five different U.S. universities but he originally hails from the important fruit growing region of southern Ontario, Canada.  He is always eager to assist colleagues and students in professional development and career advancement.



Chris Marble

Chris Marble received his Ph.D. in horticulture from Auburn University in 2013 and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida Mid-Florida Research and Education Center focusing on weed management in ornamental plants. He has held various research and extension roles for the University of Tennessee and Syngenta, and before completing his graduate studies, worked in the landscape industry for 7 years. His research focuses on developing integrated weed management plans for ornamental plants in nurseries, greenhouses, and landscapes focusing on more efficient use of herbicides and how cultural practices impact weed control. He travels throughout Florida and the U.S. to work with other researchers, extension agents, nursery growers, and landscape professionals to address real-world weed management challenges.


Logan McCollum

Logan McCollum is a Senior Recruiter for Driscoll’s global R&D group.  In this function, he supports Driscoll's global effort to find top talent for industry leading R&D positions. His role encompasses his past experience; agricultural research and technical sales & scientific recruitment and team management, to help sustain Driscoll's leading position in the berry industry.  As a global recruiter, he is responsible for sourcing agricultural scientists from various backgrounds including: agronomy, genetics, plant breeding, chemists, pathologists, entomologists, and molecular scientists.




Mercy Olmstead

Mercy Olmstead, Ph.D. is the Senior Manager of Production Research and Education for the California Strawberry Commission. She provides leadership in the development of research and education programs focused on addressing strawberry fruit production issues, including research to determine best management practices (BMPs) for the California strawberry industry. She works with the Director of Grower Education to develop and deliver BMP training programs to the growers. In her spare time, she loves to hang out by the beach with her kids, kayak, and garden.




Dennis Ray

Dennis Ray is a University Distinguished Professor and Professor of Plant Sciences and Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. His research interests are in developing new crops for arid and semi-arid regions of the world. Although he has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate level, he now emphasizes undergraduate education. Dr. Ray has won numerous awards for both his research and teaching, and has served in administrative positions from the department through the university level.



Brian Trader

Dr. Brian Trader is the Director of Domestic and International Studies at Longwood Gardens. He earned a B.S. in Horticulture, a M.S. in Weed Science and a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Virginia Tech University where he was recognized as an outstanding alumnus from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Prior to Longwood, Brian was an Assistant Professor of Horticulture at Mississippi State University where he received an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008. He has taught courses in plant identification, tissue culture, pest and stress management of trees, floriculture crop production and weed science and directed research in ornamental crops. Brian is an active committee member demonstrating leadership for organizations including the American Society for Horticultural Science, National Association for Landscape Professionals, Pi Alpha Xi, and AmericanHort. 




Margaret Worthington

Margaret Worthington joined the University of Arkansas Department of Horticulture as an assistant professor of fruit breeding and genetics in August, 2016.Before joining the UA faculty, she worked as a tropical forage breeder at the CIAT in Cali, Colombia and completed an MSc degree in Horticulture and Agronomy at UC Davis and a PhD in Crop Science at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Worthington's primary research interest is the development of improved peach, nectarine, and muscadine grape cultivars. She also leads research on fruit genetics and molecular breeding and is especially interested in answering questions that lead to the development of molecular tools and modern breeding methods which will accelerate genetic gain and strengthen applied cultivar development programs.


Amy Wright

Amy Wright is the Associate Dean for Instruction in the College of Agriculture at Auburn University. In that role, she serves as co-chair of the college’s promotion and tenure committee and delivers workshops for faculty on the P&T process.  She is currently the ASHS Vice President – Education Division and President-Elect of Southern Region ASHS.  Dr. Wright is a Professor of Landscape Horticulture in the Department of Horticulture at Auburn.

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