Joseph R. Hunnings

Joseph R. Hunnings

Director, Planning & Reporting, Prof Dev-Civil Rights Compli

  • Completed coursework for the Ed.D. in Instructional Technology, CLAHS, VPI&SU, 2007
  • M.S., Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, VPI&SU, 1997
  • B.S., Agronomy, VPI&SU, 1978

Joe Hunnings has been an Extension employee since 1984. He began his career as an agriculture/4H agent in Warren County, Virginia. His work there focused on many traditional programming efforts, but also a number of new programs. He established the first Extension Master Gardener program in the upper Shenandoah Valley, and established a farmers market in Front Royal. Joe also worked on Gypsy Moth educational programs and managed the county's suppression program. He established the first Extension well water testing and groundwater education program, organized one of the first state-wide Sustainable Agriculture Conferences in conjunction with VABF, and initiated successful multi-state commercial small fruit and turf management educational conferences held at the NOVA 4-H Center.

In 1989, Joe took educational leave to pursue a Master's degree in Crop and Soil Environmental Science. Before completing his degree he was re-employed as an Agricultural Extension Agent in Montgomery County in 1991. Joe's work in Montgomery revolved around many sustainable agriculture initiatives, including the second well water testing and groundwater education program in the state, Farm-a-Syst, rotational grazing, IPM & pest scouting, and nutrient management. He also coordinated a Master Gardener program which annually graduated 40+ volunteers. He wrote a weekly gardening article for the Roanoke Times and initiated successful in-school and yard-waste composting programs.

From December, 1995 till February 2001, Joe served as the Southwest District Director. His responsibilities included the supervision of agent faculty, and district office support staff. He was responsible for the hiring and orientation of new agent faculty and for the fiscal management of the District operating budget. Joe oversaw the implementation in the district of the agent specialization/area programming model. He also managed to finish that MS degree in 1997.

Between February 2001 and October 2006, Joe served as an Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, with primary state responsibility for the following curriculum areas: Leadership and Personal Development, Citizenship, Plants, Soils and Entomology and Science and Technology. His efforts resulted in the first state Character Counts conference, a resurgence in 4-H international exchange program participation, leadership for the JMG program, and 4-H involvement in Lego Robotics.

In October, 2006, Joe moved to a position with CALS Information Technology Unit as the eFARS and Planning and Reporting manager. He was also the data analyst with the FAEIS project.

In August, 2010, he became the CALS Director for Planning and Reporting, Professional Development, and Civil Rights Compliance serving VCE and VAES. Joe created civil rights training modules for faculty and staff that have been duplicated by several other state Extension systems. He has led the effort to revamp the VCE planning and reporting process. His efforts to strengthen the VCE Internship program as tripled the number of interns that participate in each year.

  • Member: National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals, 2011 - present
  • Member: National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, 2001-2006
  • Member: Virginia Association of Extension 4-H Agents, 2001-2006
  • Member: National Association of County Agriculture Agents, 1984-1996
    • Officer: State Professional Training Committee Chairman, NACAA, 1991-1995
  • Member: Virginia Association of Agriculture Extension Agents, 1984-1996
    • Officer: Virginia Association of Agriculture Extension Agents
    • President Elect, August, 1995 - November, 1995
    • President Elect, 1988-1989
    • Vice President, 1987-1988
    • Secretary, 1985-1987
  • Member: Virginia Extension Service Association, 1984-present
  • 2011 National winner, Outstanding Institutional Team Member, eXtension
  • 2007 National, Southern Region & State winner, World Citizenship in 4-H Youth Development Award, National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, Joe Hunnings & Carol Nansel.
  • 2006 Award for Excellence with High Distinction in Mixed Media - Youth, Teacher Education. Southern Regional Extension Forestry Group; Virtual Forest Development Team.
  • 2005 Governor’s Team and Innovation Award Nominee, Certificate of Recognition. May 2005. Virginia Governor's Office; 4-H Virtual Forest Development Team.
  • 2005 Excellence in Communications Media, National Finalist. October 2005. National Association of County Agricultural Agents; 4-H Virtual Forest Development Team.
  • 2005 Educational Piece Team Award, National Winner. November 2005. National Association of Extension 4-H Agents; 4-H Virtual Forest Development Team.
  • 2005 Flagship Program Award. March 2005. Virginia Natural Resources and Environmental Management; 4-H Virtual Forest Development Team.
  • 2005 State Team Award, 4-H Virtual Forest Development Team. April 2005. Epsilon Sigma Phi, Virginia Chapter.
  • 1995 Communications Award, Regional and State Winner for Direct Mail Piece, National Association of County Agriculture Agents
  • 1995 Communications Award, State Winner for Publication/Factsheet, National Association of County Agriculture Agents
  • 1994 Outstanding Extension Professional in the Southwest District conducting Community Resource Development Programs
  • 1994 Area Programming Award to Agents from Planning District 4, by the Director of VCE
  • 1993 Achievement Award, National Association of County Agriculture Extension Agents
  • 1993 Certificate of Recognition, National Drinking Water Week Coalition
  • 1990 David Spence Scholarship for Sustainable Agriculture
  • 1989 Turfgrass/Horticulture Communications Program, Regional and State Winner, National Association of County Agriculture Agents
  • 1989 National Association of County Agriculture Agents, Public Relations in Daily Efforts Award, State Winner
  • 1988 NACAA, Public Relations in Daily Efforts Award, State Winner
  • 1986 Northern District Award for Excellence for Agents with less than 5 years service

Refereed

  • 2010 Marchant, M.A., J. D. Hamm, T.P. Mack, J.R. Hunnings, W.W. Richardson, and H.D.Sutphin. “The USDA's Food and Agricultural Education Information System: FAEIS” NACTA Journal, 54:4(Dec. 2010)30-34.
  • 2007 Garst, Barry, Joe Hunnings, Kathleen Jamison, Jewel Hairston & Robert, Bob Meadows. 2007. Development of a Comprehensive New 4-H Extension Agents Training Program Using a Multi-Module Approach & the 4-H Professional Research, Knowledge, and Competencies (4HPRKC) Taxonomy. Journal of Extension. Vol. 45, No. 1.
  • 2006 Garst B., J. Hunnings, K. Jamison, J. Hairston, R. Meadows, W. Herdman. 2006. Exploring the Adolescent Life Skill Outcomes of State 4-H Congress Participation & the Different Outcomes of Gender & Race Groups. Journal of Extension. Vol. 44, No. 6.
  • 2005 Phibbs E. , D. Relf and J. Hunnings. 2005. Implementing a Needs Assessment for Long-Term Strategic Planning in 4-H Horticulture Programming. Journal of Extension. Vol. 43, No. 4.

Non-Refereed

  • 2011 Soil Sampling for the Home Gardener, VCE Pub.452-129 (revised)
  • 2010 Comparison of 2009 Contacts and 2008 Population Estimates by Unit, Statewide and Program Area
  • 2008 A Brief Analysis of VCE Volunteer data
  • 2007 A Brief Analysis of VCE Volunteer data
  • 2007 A Review of VCE Program Participant Data
  • 2007 Contacts Reporting Fact Sheet, VCE Pub 490-851
  • 2007 Contacts Frequently Asked Questions (HTML)
  • 2007 Observer Collected Contacts Log, VCE Pub 490-852
  • 2007 Program Participant Self-Reporting Form, VCE Pub 490-850
  • 2007 Civil Rights Compliance of VCE Volunteer Organizations and Clubs (Revision), VCE Pub 490-156
  • 2007 Support Staff Contacts Log, VCE Pub 490-854
  • 2007 Daily Contacts and Travel Log (Revision), VCE Pub 490-853)
  • 2007 Attendance Log (Revision) VCE Pub 490-152
  • 2007 Learning Groups Log (Revision), VCE Pub 490-153
  • 2007 Mailing List Log (Revision), VCE Pub 490-155
  • 2006 4-H Club and Organization Civil Rights Compliance Report Form, VCE Pub 490-156
  • 2006 Worksheet for Planning a 4-H Club Meeting, VCE Pub 388-542
  • 2006 Charter Renewal Application for In-School, Classroom-Based 4-H Clubs, VCE Pub 388-146
  • 2006 Charter Application for In-School, Classroom-Based 4-H Clubs, VCE Pub 388-145
  • 2006 Charter Renewal Application for 4-H Adult Volunteer-Based Groups, VCE Pub 388-142
  • 2006 Charter Application for 4-H Adult Volunteer-Based Groups, VCE Pub 388-141
  • 2006 Charter Renewal Application for 4-H Clubs and Cloverbud Groups, VCE Pub 388-059
  • 2006 Charter Application for 4-H Clubs and Cloverbud Groups, VCE Pub 388-069
  • 2006 4-H Club Charter Seals of Achievement, VCE Pub 388-094
  • 2006 4-H Charters: Frequently Asked Questions, VCE Pub 388-070
  • 2005 4-H Club Annual Goals and Program Plan, VCE Pub 388-210
  • 2005 Virginia 4-H Constitution and Bylaws, VCE Pub 388-211
  • 2005 VA 4-H Club Member's Business Meeting Guide, VCE Pub 388-212
  • 2005 Virginia 4-H Leadership Project Curriculum (Revision)
  • 2012 Series of six Civil Rights Compliance Training Modules
  • 2010 Series of Orientation modules on eXtension
  • 2009 Reaching Underserved Audiences
  • 2008 A Series of 22 Training Modules on the Ensemble CMS for Unit Office Staff
  • 2008 A Series of 7 Training Modules on the VCE Calcium Calendar
  • 2007 Changes in Contacts Collection & Reporting
  • 2007 Introduction to Contacts Collection & Reporting
  • 2007 What's New in eFARS for 2007
  • 2007 An Introduction to eFARS for First Time Users
  • 2007 Role of Planned Program Teams
  • 2007 Orientation to the VA Extension/Research POW & Annual Report
  • 2006 What's New in eFARS for 2006
  • 2006 An Introduction to eFARS for P&T Faculty
  • 2006 An Introduction to eFARS for AP Faculty
  • 2006 An Introduction to eFARS for Non-CALS Faculty
  • 2006 An Orientation to 4-H Charters for Volunteers
  • 2006 An Orientation to 4-H Charters for 4-H Agents
  • 2006 The Nitrogen Cycle on the Virtual Farm
  • 2006 Planes in Flight: Conduct an Experiment
Portrait of Joseph Hunnings, CALS Director, Planning and Reporting, Professional Development, and Civil Rights Compliance
Joseph R. Hunnings