- Ph.D. Agricultural Education and Communication (2007)
Concentration: Extension Education, Program Development & Evaluation
Minor: Environmental Education University of Florida. Dissertation title: "Predicting commitment to engage in environmentally responsible behaviors using injured and non-injured animals as teaching tools"
- MS Forestry (2004). Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Thesis title: "An analysis of the ecology and public perception of coarse woody debris in Virginia"
- BS Forestry (2002). Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Also known as “Ranger Nick,” Dr. Nick Fuhrman's professional background is in environmental education. He worked as an Environmental Interpreter and Naturalist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for seven years using injured, non-releasable birds of prey and reptiles as teaching tools in outreach presentations throughout the mid Atlantic. At the University of Georgia, Dr. Fuhrman is a Program Evaluation Specialist and works with Extension professionals in the evaluation of their programs. He also enjoys teaching courses in Program Development and Program Evaluation as well as mentoring students.
Dr. Fuhrman's research interests are in nonformal teaching methods, program evaluation, and the use of live animals as teaching tools. Specifically, Dr. Fuhrman is interested in the characteristics of animals (injured vs. non-injured, naming an animal vs. not naming them, exotic vs. native) that influence learning and behavior change among program participants. He also has an interest in statistics and multivariate data analysis techniques.
D.W. Books Award for Diversity
- The Influence of School Culture on Environmental Education Integration: A Case Study of an Urban Private School System
Extension Education and Program Evaluation
- Using Digital Classrooms to Conduct 4-H Club Meetings
- Graduate Students Serve Extension as Evaluation Consultants
- Program Evaluation Competencies of Extension Professionals: Implications for Continuing Professional Development