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John Cannon

Booming Future For Cannon

Instead of waiting for awards to come at the end of his career, John Cannon is earning recognition for his current work as a promising young scholar.

The Boise Center assistant professor of career and technical education recently earned the Association for Career and Technical Education Research Beginning Scholar of the Year Award. His research focuses on professional development needs for career and technical education (CTE) instructors.

“It’s very humbling to be recognized by peers in the profession,” says Cannon. “It’s very rewarding work, and I’ve really enjoyed it.”

After receiving his doctoral degree from Virginia Tech in 2005, Cannon spent two years at the University of Rio Grande in Ohio before beginning his work at the University in the fall semester of 2008. He brought his research with him and shaped it to Idaho’s needs.

“It was a great opportunity to work at a land-grant institution, and the resources we have here are really great,” says Cannon.

As a former agricultural high school teacher in Illinois, he began to see a need for CTE professional development. As an assistant professor at the University of Rio Grande, he worked on agriculture teacher professional development to create an instrument to measure the needs for other areas of CTE.


"It really comes down to quality and view of professional development needs of all CTE instructors,” says Cannon.

Cannon is continuing his research, with two articles in publication and another accepted for publication. He has another two articles under review. He also has presented two of his articles at research conferences.

Cannon doesn’t take full credit for the research, though, as he worked with professors across the country at University of Georgia, Northern Illinois University and University of Rio Grande and with his colleague, Allen Kitchel, at the University of Idaho.

“We’re collaborating all across the country,” says Cannon. “It’s our hope that this instrument will be used in other states and for other career and technology instructors.”

Now that the preliminary research is finished, Cannon is looking to develop an instrument for administrators to identify professional development needs for CTE instructors.