Eric K. Kaufman is an associate professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University (2000); both his Master's and his Doctor of Philosophy degrees are from the University of Florida (2004 & 2007).
Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, Eric was program coordinator for Florida's Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources (2004 – 2007). At Virginia Tech, Eric coordinates a graduate certificate program in Collaborative Community Leadership and supports an undergraduate minor in Leadership and Social Change. As part of his Extension appointment, he works with volunteer leadership council members. Eric's research interests include multiple aspects of leadership and leadership development, including agricultural, collegiate, grassroots, strengths-based, and volunteer leadership.