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Doctor of Philosophy: Animal Physiology, minor: Biochemistry - Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS (1998)

Master of Science: Animal Science - University of Georgia, Athens, GA (1995)

Bachelor of Science: Animal Science - University of Georgia, Athens, GA (1993)

Associate of Science: Business/Accounting - Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton, GA (1991)

Professional Experience

2015 – Present: Instructor, Animal Science Extension Specialist – Fort Valley State University

2012 – 2015: Extension Program Leader – North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC

2008 – 2012: Extension Specialist – North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC

2000 – 2008: Instructor, Researcher and Extension - University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD

1998 – 2000: Postdoctoral fellow - University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Services Offered/Area(s) of Expertise

Dr. Whitley serves primary in the area of small ruminant (goat and sheep) production. However, she has experience with small-scale alternative swine production and has conducted research with (and personally owns) beef cattle and horses.

Honors & Awards

  • 2014-2015 USDA-NIFA AFRI grant panel invitation/service (four different panels)
  • 2013 ARD region Award for Excellence in Multi-State Research (team award), SCC081
  • 2012 USDA Secretary's Honor Group Award – Assisting Rural Communities, CEFS
  • 2011 NCA&TSU SAES Collaboration Award (ANR/CRD Working Group)
  • 2003 B.D. Mayberry Young Scientist Award 2001 Outstanding New Faculty Award, School of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, UMES
  • 2001 Maryland 4-H Professional Extension Partner, Specialist Award
  • 1995 ASAS Southern Section Graduate Student Awards Competition, Second place