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Dr. Keith Diem

Professor & Extension Specialist

Dr. Keith Diem is a Professor & Extension Specialist. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Purdue University, a Ph.D. in Extension Education from Ohio State University, and also earned teacher certification. Dr. Diem's focus is program planning and evaluation, with emphasis on youth development and serving underrepresented audiences; diversity & inclusiveness. Dr. Diem began his career as a faculty member in 1982; serving as a County 4-H Agent, County Extension Department Head, and Program Leader in Educational Design with Rutgers Cooperative Extension in New Jersey for 20 years. He has served as a Regional Extension Director for the Oregon State University Extension Service, Associate Dean & Program Leader for 4-H Youth Development as well as Assistant Director for Special Initiatives with UF/IFAS Extension. In addition, he previously served as Director of 4-H Youth Development in South Carolina and Professor of Youth Development Leadership at Clemson University where he has continued to serve as an adjunct instructor since 2007.

Current/recent efforts:

  • Serving as Assistant Director, UF/IFAS Extension Special Initiatives

  • Member, University Faculty Senate (elected)

  • Conducting training in India for a variety of universities, institutes, and non-government organizations (NGOs).

  • Principal Investigator, “Using Social Media and Technology for Extension Program Delivery” pilot project

  • Chair, 4-H Program Risk Assessment Task Force

  • Nationwide Survey of Select Departments Offering Ph.D. Degrees Related to Family, Youth, & Community Sciences

  • Conducting training locally and nationally for faculty/staff, community organizations, and youth on topics such as "Strategic Marketing & Program Transformation,” “Understanding Differences & Becoming Culturally Competent,” and “Planning for Impact."

Dr. Diem currently teaches FYC 4622, “Planning and Evaluating Family, Youth and Community Science Programs.” Topics include Designing Programs for Impact (Program Development Models, Writing “SMART” Objectives, Using a logic model for program planning and evaluation, Research Methods for Program Evaluation, Surveys and Questionnaire Design, Planning for Differences in Cultural Norms, Learning Styles & Generational Differences in Program Participants, Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning/Decision-Making Tools, Putting Marketing Concepts into Practice, Event/Activity Planning (logistics), Utilization and management of staff and volunteers in program planning and delivery, Strengthening collaboration as a means to community-based program development, Interpreting & Utilizing Evaluation Findings, Communicating Impact (writing impact statements, etc).