Penelope (Penny) L. Diebel

Associate Professor
Rm #229 Ballard Extension Hall
Oregon state University
Corvallis, OR 97331-3601
541.737.2563 FAX

Education | Teaching | ResearchBio



Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1990
M.S. and B.S. Colorado State University



Fall Term: ALS 199:  Food: Farm to Plate (U-Engage); AREC 351 - Natural Resource Economics and Policy (Ecampus only)

Winter Term: AREC 311 – Intermediate Microeconomic Theory I; AREC 351 - Natural Resource Economics and Policy (On-site and Ecampus)

Spring Term:  AREC 250 – Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy; AREC 434 - Natural Resource Economics; AREC 461 – Agricultural Food Policy (Ecampus only)

Research Interests


In her current position with Oregon State University Penny's research programs include studies on student preferences and views of distance education, student retention and recruitment, assessment of agribusiness and environmental resource student learning, and other teaching topics. In addition, she maintains several small research programs dealing with local topics including no-till/direct seed adoption, the economics of grass seed field burning alternatives, and other natural resource topics.

Biographical Sketch


Penny joined the Corvallis campus in September of 2010 after having 15 years for OSU in the OSU Agriculture Program at EOU in La Grande, OR. She has a strong commitment to students and teaching. She has served as advisor and mentor for many students and student clubs, and received several teaching awards. Penny's research includes studies on student retention and recruitment and she maintains several small research grants on no-till/direct seed adoption and other natural resource topics. Penny was born in central Kansas but was raised in Colorado. She is married to Dr. Ken Diebel; they have two children who keep them busy with school activities, sports, and music lessons. Penny has been a 4-H Dog Club Leader and stays busy with the family collection of horses, dogs, and other assorted animals.

Recent Publications and Presentations


Diebel, P. and L. Gow. "A Comparison of Face-to-Face and Distance Delivery Methods: Student Characteristics and Preferences." NACTA Journal 53(June 2009): 8-14.

Corp, Mary K. and Penelope L. Diebel. "Redefining Change Influencers in a Post - Boomer Demographic." presented at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA 2009 International Meetings, November 1-5, Pittsburgh, PA.

Diebel, P. "Ethics and Agriculture: A Teaching Perspective." Journal of Agriculture and Resource Economics 3(2008): 303-310.

Diebel, P., L. Gow, L. and D. Walenta. "An Economic Comparison of Alternative Bluegrass Residue Management Practices in Oregon's Grande Ronde Valley." Special Report 1090, OSU Experiment Station Publication. February 2009.

Diebel, P. "Agricultural Ethics: A Teaching Perspective." WAEA President's Address. Presented at WAEA 2008 Annual Meeting, Big Sky, MT. July 2008.

Diebel, P. "Ethical Issues in Food and Agriculture." Presented at Oregon Council on Humanities, Summer Teacher Institute, La Grande, OR. August 9, 2007.

Diebel, P.L. and D.A. Ball. "An Economic Analysis of Alternative Wheat Rotations for Eastern Oregon." Special Report 1004, OSU Agricultural Experiment Station, Corvallis, OR. May 1999.

Recent Research Projects


Young, Douglas L. (Co-PI), Washington State University; J.D. Wulfhorst (Co-PI), University of Idaho; Penelope L. Diebel (Co-PI), Oregon State University/LaGrande. "Measuring socioeconomic impacts of the STEEP program in the Pacific Northwest and identifying keys to expanding adoption of soil conserving farming systems in the region." Funded by Solutions to Environmental and Economic Problems (STEEP), a special research grant from the USDA-CSREES. Total funding: $184,000. Approved 8/2009.

Perry, Gregory M. (PI, Co-Dir), Oregon State University; Penelope L. Diebel (PI, Co-Dir), Oregon State University; Lisa House (PI), University of Florida; Frank Dooley (PI), Purdue University; Dixie Watts (PI), Virginia Tech; Arlo Biere (PI), Kansas State University. "Developing Learning Outcomes and Assessment Instrument for Undergraduate Agribusiness Management Programs" USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant. Request: $491,000. Not funded - resubmitted February 2010.

Teaching Honors


Lead21 Participant, Leadership Development for the 21st Century: Linking Research, Academics and Extension. Fanning Institute, University of Georgia 2007-08
Best Teaching Practices Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Oregon State University, (Web Videos and Materials posted at 2006
Oregon Writing Project Fellow 2003
Wade Excellence in Teaching Award 2002 A Woman You Should Kno, Committee on Women in Agricultural Economics 2001
Western Agricultural Economics Association Undergraduate Teaching Award: Less than 10 Years 2000
Registry of Distinguished Teachers, College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University 1999

Current Professional Association and Committee Work


Chair-Elect, Teaching, Learning and Communication (TLC) Section, AAEA 2010-2011
Past-President, WAEA 2009-2010, Current President 2008-09, President-Elect 2007-08
Member, Teaching, Learning Initiative Committee OSU-College of Agricultural Science current- 2009