Dr. Gail Nonnecke
- Associate Director
- University Professor, Morrill Professor, and Global Professor
Dr. Gail Nonnecke is University Professor, Morrill Professor, and Global Professor at Iowa State University. She is the Associate Director for Education Programs in the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL). She has been actively involved in the CSRL programs since 2005 by initiating, developing, and delivering the service learning, school garden program in Uganda with bi-national teams of students and faculty from Iowa State and Makerere University. Dr. Nonnecke works with additional CSRL programs that promote student learning, including the school garden and lunch programs, youth entrepreneurship program for in- and out-of-school Ugandan youth, and study abroad opportunities for university students participating in summer or semester-long courses in the Kamuli District. Dr. Nonnecke serves as the Faculty Coordinator of Global Resource Systems, an interdisciplinary major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where students study the ways the world uses its limited resources to create sustainable systems. She also is a professor in the Department of Horticulture, where she has served as a faculty member for over thirty years. Dr. Nonnecke earned her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in horticulture and her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from The Pennsylvania State University in agriculture and horticulture. Dr. Nonnecke’s research, teaching, and outreach over the past ten years have focused on global education of undergraduate students and agricultural development projects to benefit children and youth. Throughout her career, she has received numerous teaching awards including the USDA, Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching National Award, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Iowa Professor the Year.