Brian Raison, PhD

Brian Raison, PhD
Professor and Extension Field Specialist, Community and Organizational Leadership
100 Fairground Road, Xenia, OH 45385
Degree Information: 
PhD in Agricultural Extension Education, The Ohio State University
MA in Sociology, Ohio University
BS in College of Business, The Ohio State University
Leadership Development, Organizational Capacity Building

Biographical Narrative:
I serve Ohio State University as a Professor in the Departments of Extension (80%) and Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) (20%), both housed in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Here, I work as a field specialist doing teaching, research, and service in Community & Organizational Leadership Development. My areas of specialization are in: Leadership Development; Instructional Strategies; Capacity Building.

The majority of my teaching is not end-user content. Instead, I most often teach, coach, or consult with educators, faculty members, nonprofit leaders, local government directors, and other managers and administrators to equip them with process skills. Examples include mentoring, coaching, facilitation, strategic thinking, formal and non-formal instructional strategies, online engagement, and other critical leadership skill sets. My goal is to build capacity in these leaders so they can better reach, teach, and lead an exponential number of end-users, clients, and students.

Perhaps most importantly, I strive to weave concepts of diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) into all aspects of my work. This provides a critical example for my audiences as I aim to encourage them to consider DEI in all aspects of their work.

Additional Information: 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Strategic Doing
  • Diversity Dialogues
  • Local Food Systems
  • Needs Assessment
  • Urban/Underserved Audiences


Curriculum Vitae 

Curriculum Vitae - Brian Raison