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New Staff Hires

New faculty and staff recently hired to the AECL department.

New Staff Hires

New Staff Hires

Samantha Blackwell

Samantha Blackwell – Instructor

Samantha Blackwell is an instructor in agricultural communications. She received her bachelor’s degree in general agriculture from Missouri State University and master’s degree in agricultural communications from OSU. After finishing her master’s she returned to Missouri State as an instructor, tasked with building the agricultural communications program. Most recently Blackwell returned to OSU to work on her doctorate in agricultural education.

Blackwell teaches oral communications and written communications courses, which are undergraduate service classes in CASNR. She also co-advises the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow organization.

Blackwell grew up on a row crop and beef cattle operation in Archie, Missouri, and she was active in 4-H and FFA. This involvement ignited her passion for the agricultural industry at an early age. She and her husband, Brandon, currently reside in Morrison.

Ruth Inman

Ruth Inman – Assistant Professor

Ruth Inman is an assistant professor in agricultural communications and state extension specialist in convergent media. Before joining the Oklahoma State University faculty, Inman spent a decade as a higher education marketing communications professional and as an adjunct instructor for both OSU and Texas Tech University. Inman received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural communications and a doctorate in agricultural education from OSU.

Inman teaches undergraduate courses in digital and online communications and integrated marketing campaigns, as well as a graduate-level communication theory course. Her extension appointment is focused on helping the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service build capacity in convergent media.

Inman’s background in agriculture runs deep. She grew up on a centennial farm homesteaded in 1893 and was very active in FFA. She and her husband, Trent, have continued their agricultural involvement on their farm in Mulhall, Oklahoma. Their sons, Fletcher and Dax, show livestock and are members of 4-H Cloverbuds.

Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith – Instructor

Nathan Smith is a teaching instructor in agricultural education.  Before joining the Oklahoma State University faculty, Smith spent 10.5 years as a high school agricultural education instructor/FFA Advisor at Jenks, Spiro, and most recently Morrison, OK.  Smith received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from OSU and his master’s degree in educational leadership from Southern Nazarene University.

Smith teaches undergraduate courses in Agricultural Systems Technology, formerly known as Mechanized Agriculture.  These courses include agricultural electrification, engines and power, agricultural structures, and metals and welding.  Smith is also charged with teaching professional development in agricultural education where he oversees the new teacher certification process and assists Dr. Jon Ramsey with the student-teaching process.

Smith’s ties to the FFA and Oklahoma agriculture are strong rooted.  Raised in the Arkansas river valley of eastern Oklahoma, he has been involved with production agriculture from a very young age.  He and his wife, Kristin, and their sons, Koltin and Kanin, are deeply rooted within the agricultural community and youth development organizations (4H & FFA) in Morrison, OK.

Quisto Settle

Quisto Settle – Assistant Professor

Quisto Settle is an assistant professor of agricultural communications with a teaching and research appointment. He teaches undergraduate classes in risk and crisis communications and audio and video storytelling in agriculture and natural resources. His graduate teaching includes risk and crisis communications and program evaluation.

His research focuses on organizational branding, specifically to help agricultural and natural resources organizations communicate more effectively with the public and policymakers. He also does some program evaluation.

Quisto is a native of Texas, with a B.S. from Angelo State University, M.S. from Texas Tech University, and Ph.D. from University of Florida. He also completed a post-doc at UF with the Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources before developing the agricultural communications program at Mississippi State University.

Quisto has been in Stillwater since 2017. He has two ferns at home that are slightly neglected and recently began playing ukulele to keep his guitars company.


Chelsey Thompson

Chelsey Thompson – Senior Support Assistant

Chelsey Thompson is a Sr. Support Assistant in Agriculture Education, Communications and Leadership. Thompson’s previous work experience includes 2 years with the OSU Foundation as a Development Coordinator working closely with the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, University Programs and Spears School of Business and working as a Financial Services Advisor and Branch Manager at Bank SNB for 6 years.

In AECL, Thompson is responsible for varies office duties, departmental travel arrangements and assisting the Coordinator of Graduate Studies.

She has always been a passionate cowboys fan and received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from OSU. She and her husband, Robbie stay busy chasing around their twin daughters Addison and Avery.