Interim Director Heather McHale joined the IAA faculty in 2018; she has been at the University of Maryland since 2002. She advises students in the IAA's Ag Forward program and teaches writing and communication courses, including oral communication and agricultural public relations.
She got her first lessons in public speaking and persuasive argument from her 4-H livestock judging team at age 12. In more recent years, she has taught college writing, rhetoric, and communication at a variety of DC-area institutions, including the University of Maryland and Georgetown University.
B.A., English, Michigan State University
M.A., English, University of Maryland
Ph.D., English, University of Maryland