John William Medendorp PhD

John Medendorp

United States Deputy Director Legume Systems Research Innovation Lab Michigan State University

PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong education with a specialization in international development from Michigan State University, John has worked internationally for several NGO’s for over forty years in community development, leadership training, and agricultural education and training systems. He has served in various administrative posts for Latin American universities including chancellor of a three-campus university system. He currently serves as Associate Director of the Urban Center at Purdue University, Department of Entomology. He also has served as Director of the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) program as well as Deputy Director for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Legumes Systems Research, Co-PI for the SAWBO-RAPID Scaling Program, and Organizational Capacity Development Lead for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy, Research, Capacity, and Influence. In these various roles, he has managed and supported capacity development projects for USAID and USDA in over 40 countries and in all of the Feed the Future target countries. John’s research focuses on Agricultural Education and Training (AET) learning system development with a special interest in human capacity development, human capital accumulation, and human capital migration within and between knowledge systems. He conducted his dissertation research in China, analyzing motivation for return among foreign trained Chinese PhDs using an economic rational choice model.  He has presented his research on AET learning system development and capacity building at academic conferences around the world and continues to do research on human and institutional capacity development in food and agriculture systems. He has authored two major studies on capacity development, one on the Ethiopian land administration sector and another on the Rwandan higher education sector, as well as several articles addressing learning systems.

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