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Levon T. Esters

Levon T. Esters is an Associate Professor in the Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education at Purdue University. His faculty appointment focuses solely on graduate education whereby he teaches courses on learning theory, statistics, and research design. He earned his B.S. in Agricultural Business from Florida A&M University, his M.S. in Agricultural Education from North Carolina A&T State University and his Ph.D. in Agricultural & Extension Education from The Pennsylvania State University.

He serves as the Director of the Mentoring@Purdue (M@P) program, which is designed to increase the number of women and under-represented minorities receiving advanced post-secondary STEM-based agricultural and life sciences degrees in Purdue University’s College of Agriculture. Levon's research focuses broadly on issues of educational equity and access of under-represented minorities with a concentration on three areas: 1) mentoring of women and under-represented minority graduate students, 2) STEM career development of racial and ethnic minorities attending Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, and 3) educational and professional mobility of women and underrepresented minority graduate students and faculty.