Professor of Horticulture
Area(s) of Specialization:
Urban Food Systems, Horticultural Therapy
Bio BriefDr. Candice Shoemaker grew up on a dairy farm and peach orchard near Grand Rapids, Mich. She graduated from Michigan State University with her B.S. in Floriculture in 1978, and then worked in production greenhouse businesses in Washington and Michigan for the next three years. She returned to school, earning a M.S. in Horticultural Therapy from Kansas State University in 1982 and a Ph.D. in Environmental Floriculture from Michigan State University in 1990. Prior to returning to Kansas State University as a faculty member in 2001, Shoemaker completed a post-doctoral research fellowship with Dr. Diane Relf at Virginia Tech University, had a teaching position in ornamental horticulture at Berry College in Rome, GA, and was the first Director of the School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. She is currently a Professor of Horticulture with teaching and research responsibilities and directs the graduate program in horticultural therapy and the Urban Food Systems specialization in our M.S. program.
B.S. Horticulture, Michigan State University, 1978
M.S. Horticulture, Kansas State University, 1982
Ph.D. Horticulture, Michigan State University, 1990
Area of Emphasis
- physical and psychological health benefits of gardening, focusing on children and older adults
- effective strategies for building and sustaining local food systems
- effective teaching pedagogies for online and graduate education in horticulture
Pliakoni, E.D., C.A. Shoemaker, R. Janke and C.L. Rivard. 2016. Building a New Graduate Program: A Model for Collaboration between Institutions and Industry. Acta Horticulturae 1126:187-192.
Park, S.A., A.Y. Lee, G.J. Lee, D.S. Kim, W.S. Kim, C.A. Shoemaker, and K.C. Son. 2016. Horticultural Activity Interventions and Outcomes: A Review. Korean J. Hort. Sci. Technol. 34(4):513-527, 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.12972/kjhst.20160053
Geller, K., M.J. Melbye, R.R. Rosenkranz, C.A. Shoemaker, and D.A. Dzewaltowski. 2015. Measuring elementary-aged children's self-efficacy and proxy efficacy for gardening and related health behaviors. HortTechnology 25:731-741
Park, S.A., C.A. Shoemaker, S. Harms, D. O'Nell, and D.M. Oh. 2015. An eight-week horticultural therapy program for stroke outpatients: A case study. Acta Horticulturae 1093: 61-72
Jesse Gilmore, M.S. 8/2016 – present. Program evaluation of the Growing Growers beginner farmer training program.
Kenny Artavia Rojas, M.S. 8/2015 – present. Identifying soft-skills needed for professionals entering the urban food systems 'industry'.
|Course #:||Title||Semester||Delivery Method|
|Urban Agriculture, 2 cr||Fall||On Campus|
|Urban Food Systems, 2 cr||Spring (even years)||On Campus|
|Urban Food Systems Professional Development, 0-1 cr||Fall|
|HORT 796||Urban Food Systems Practicum, 1 cr||Summer|
|HORT 751||Human Issues in Horticultural Therapy, 3 cr||Fall||Distance|
|HORT 752||Horticulture in Horticultural Therapy, 3 cr||Spring||Distance|
|HORT 753||Clinical Skills in Horticultural Therapy, 3 cr||Spring||Distance|
|HORT 755||Horticultural Therapy Practicum, 3 cr||Summer|