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Dr. Keith Diem

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 (1) program planning and evaluation, and (2) diversity and inclusion; with emphasis on youth development and serving underrepresented audiences. 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 continued to serve as an adjunct instructor from 2007-2016.

Current/recent efforts:

  • Conducting training for faculty, staff, students, and collaborators of the Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences (IAG) and for members of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) project at the University of São Paulo (Brazil) regarding designing and evaluating extension programs, strategic planning, using social media for extension programming, etc.
  • 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
  • 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," and “Using a Logic Model Approach to Program Development and Evaluation.”
  • Serving as member UF President’s Council on Diversity, chair of NIFA national Champions for Underserved, Underrepresented Racial-Ethnic Youth committee, UF Teaching Evaluation Task Force, etc.

Dr. Diem currently teaches an undergraduate and a graduate course:

FYC4622 - “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, using a marketing approach to program development, event/activity planning (logistics), utilization and management of staff and volunteers in program planning and delivery, strengthening collaboration and youth-adult partnerships to enhance community-based program development, interpreting & utilizing evaluation Findings, communicating impact (writing impact statements, etc.).

FYC6932 (online) – “Principles and Practices of Diversity and Inclusion.” Topics include cultural norms, cultural competency, Civil Rights, religion and worldview, bias and privilege, differences in learning styles, marketing to diverse audiences, generational differences, etc.