Brian Raison, PhD

Brian Raison
Brian Raison, PhD
Associate Professor & Extension Field Specialist, Community and Organizational Leadership
100 Fairground Road, Xenia, OH 45385
Phone: 937-372-9971
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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
Additional Information: 

Specialization & Areas of Expertise:


  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational Capacity Building

Areas of Expertise:

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



Raison, B., Scheer, S. D. "Potential of local food use in the Ohio health care industry: An exploratory study." Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, Volume 5, Issue 3. (2015): pp. 131-147.

Raison, B., Fox, J., D’Adamo-Damery, P. "Crowdsourcing eXtension: Communities of Practice Provide Rapid Response." Journal of Extension. Vol. 52, no. 6. (Dec 2014): 6TOT2.

Raison, B. "Doing the work of Extension: Three Approaches to Identify, Amplify, and Implement Outreach." Journal of Extension. Vol. 52, no. 2. (Apr 2014): Feature 2FEA1.

Raison, B., Gordon, B. "Using Discussion Methods to Prompt Diversity: Harnessing Social & Cultural Capital." Journal of Extension. Vol. 50, no. 5. (Oct 2012): 5TOT7.

Raison, B. "Great Teaching: 8 Strategies to Immediately Engage Your Audience." Journal of Youth Development. Vol. 7, no. 2. (Aug 2012): Article 120702PA002, pp. 48-54.

Raison, B. "Educators or Facilitators? Clarifying Extension’s role in the emerging local food systems movement." Journal of Extension. Vol. 48, no. 3. (Jan 2010): comm1.

Plans and Studies 

Ohio Regional Convergence Partnership Final Report (November 2013)


Raison’s primary focus is on bringing together resources—people, information, ideas and processes—to positively affect outcomes larger than otherwise possible. This is accomplished by building collaborative partnerships among faculty, staff and community members and conducting targeted research-based programming and facilitation. His specialization areas are in Community & Organizational Leadership Development, and Community Wellness (process facilitation; strategic planning; vision-to-action; needs assessment, evaluation, non-profit assistance, building networks for collaboration, successful schools). He also has worked extensively in local food systems. In December of 2015, Brian was named the recipient of the Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award