Joe W. Mask, Ph.D., M.S., joined the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, effective September 1, 2014. Mask is housed in the Institute, serving the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Institute as an assistant professor and extension specialist, primarily working with the Veterinary Science Certificate Program (VSCP).
Since 1998, Mask has been educating youth in agriculture through serving as an agricultural science teacher in Wharton ISD, Needville ISD, Van Vleck ISD and Katy ISD. From 2005-2010, he served as the agriculture and natural resources county extension agent for Fort Bend County. He returned to Fort Bend County in 2012 and has since been serving as the 4-H and youth development county extension agent.
Mask has a strong background with VSCP that includes enrolling more than 100 participants in Fort Bend County and using the program as the topic of his dissertation research. Mask’s duties include planning, training and evaluating results of the program. He spends the majority of his time providing training on subject matter, career skills and instruction techniques to VSCP participants across the nation.
Mask holds a doctorate in agricultural leadership, education and communication from Texas A&M University. He also holds a Master of Science in agricultural education from Tarleton State University and a Bachelor of Science in agricultural science from Texas A&M University.