Ataharul Chowdhury, PhD

I am an educator, a social scientist, and a believer in sustainable change. If you are in making change and impacting lives, I am here to listen up. This website is a window into my research, teaching and service practices. You will find news and information about my research, teaching publication, and reflection shared on my news and blog.

Current Position

Associate Professor at the University of Guelph. Multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary educational background e.g., four graduate degrees in natural and social sciences (agricultural science, communication and innovation studies, extension education and sustainable agricultural development)

Teaching development

  • Cross-cultural graduate and undergraduate, and professional courses and degree program development experience (Caribbean, Canada, Austria, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh) in areas related to agricultural extension, agricultural communication, research methods, project management, communication for social and environmental changes, ICT for development, digital media, participatory and community-based development, climate change and sustainable agricultural development


Evidence of leadership and organizational skills, such as past secretary and current president of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education


Evidence of training Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP): 2 Banting Post-doc, 6 PhD (ongoing/past), 6 MSc (ongoing), 8 MSc (completed), 4 undergraduates (completed), 10 Interns (completed)

Funding Record

A strong track record of securing research dollars through competitive grants, fellowships and contracts (>$1M).

Awards and Recognition

Fellow (2022), Outstanding Early Achievement (2020) and Outstanding Leadership Award (2023), Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education, University Research Excellence Award (2023)

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