Bryan Hains

Bryan Hains

Portrait of Dr. Bryan Hains in blue jacket

Bryan Hains


Community and Agricultural Education
310 Garrigus Building 325 Cooper Drive Lexington, KY 40546

Last Revised: Apr 1st, 2024

Professional Biography

Dr. Hains’ research focuses on the intersection of human emotion and cognition and its impact on learning and development. His background in teaching and learning allows him to apply research findings within multiple educational, community and professional contexts. A primary context for Bryan’s research and instruction is socio-cultural and identity development. Dr. Hains uses his training in emotion and cognition to enhance cultural intelligence at both individual and group levels. Dr. Hains is  the Director and Co-Founder of the Community Innovation Lab at the University of Kentucky. Within the lab, he works with diverse scholars and community practitioners to examine and explore innvations within communities of place, interest and practice. Within the classroom, Dr. Hains uses learner centered/experiential education methods as a catalyst to solidify student emotion and cognition regarding concepts associated with cultural intelligence. As a result of his research and instruction, Dr. Hains has consulted locally, nationally and internationally.

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  • Community Innovation and Engagement

Areas of Interest

Cogntive, Cultural, Emotional and Identity Development, Community Innovaiton

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Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Purdue University, 2007
Comments: Dissertation Title: “The Dilemma of Student Downshifting: Educational Practices which Influence Downshifting in a High School Agricultural Science Classroom.”
M.S., Integrated Resource Management, Colorado State University, 2001
B.S., Agricultural Education, Colorado State University, 1999

Contact Information

Dr. Wes Harrison, Ph.D.
Department Chair

500 W.P. Garrigus Building Lexington, KY 40546-0215

(859) 562-2788