Susan Murray, Ph.D.

Department of Agriculture

Students should be able to apply the information learned in the classroom to everyday situations.

What area do you teach?

Animal Science, Agribusiness


Bachelor of Science in Animal Science - 2011
Master of Agriculture in Animal Science - 2013
PhD Agricultural Education - 2019

Your philosophy of teaching:

My teaching philosophy is that every student should be challenged to further their knowledge and strengthen their skills. Students should be able to apply the information learned in the classroom to everyday situations. Educating involves an interactive classroom.
I work to design lessons that reach all three types of learning: seeing, hearing, and writing. I have developed lessons for in-person and on-line or distance education. In my classes, I utilize a variety of tools including electronic review games, on-line simulations, videos, and diagrams. Review games that require the use of a smartphone or iPad, are often incorporated in my classroom allowing every student to answer with a code name eliminating the fear of answering aloud. When developing lectures, I incorporate various teaching methods, including videos, diagrams or pictures, and sample problems. I believe classroom environment is key to learning.

Why did you decide to teach?

I have always had a passion for science, agriculture and serving the community. Teaching allows me to share my passion for agriculture, food and nutrition with students of various backgrounds, in a hands on setting. I enjoy helping students find their passion and how they want to use their skills and talents in their careers. I have always enjoyed working in an interactive environment with students, researchers, and industry leaders. I have experience working with industry and research professionals, which allows me to bring unique, real-life experiences to the classroom.

Credentials/career path

As part of my Master's program, I worked for Feedlot Health Management Services in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada. My research focused on the effect of backgrounding or grazing cattle on subsequent feedlot performance. After completing my Master's program, I transitioned my research area from livestock nutrition to human nutrition. I oversaw the Food Demand Survey (FooDS) at Oklahoma State University. FooDS focused on consumer's willingness-to-pay for various meat products and current issues facing the agriculture industry. While working on my PhD, I focused my interests on human and animal nutrition and agricultural literacy.

Professional Highlight

Oklahoma Agriculutral Leadership Program - Class XVII


Northern Oklahoma College Outstanding Adjunct Professor - Spring 2017

Organization with which you are involved

Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program
Delta Delta Delta Panhellenic Sorority Alumni Group

Most Recent/Notable Published Work

Food Demand Survey

Best advice for students

I would encourage students to find groups or organizations to become involved on campus and in the community. This may include a campus organization or working with professors on research projects. I would also encourage students to work or job shadow in an area that is of interest to them. I think it is important for students to take their interests outside of the classroom as it opens more opportunities and helps students choose their career path.


(573) 651-2106
Rhodes Hall 102A
Department of Agriculture
One University Plaza, MS 6100
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701