Beth Bridgeman is Instructor of Cooperative Education at Antioch College, teaching co-operative education methods and practice and work portfolio courses. Her professional practice areas include agroecology, youth development, and Japanese culture. With twelve years prior experience as an extension educator with The Ohio State University, two years as a faculty member at Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages in Tokyo, Japan and service as a Peace Corps agricultural specialist in the Philippines, Beth develops partnerships and field-based agro-ecology and cultural immersion opportunities for Antioch students. Currently, her research and practice is focused in two areas: seed sovereignty and the development of Japanese cultural immersion curricula and experiences for students on the three year Japanese language track. Beth directs the Miller J. and Richard D. Miller Fellowship and the Ohio Agrarian Trade Partnership programs. Her regional leadership includes the development and stewardship of strategic partnerships with employers and alumni in Japan, New England, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Colorado.
Beth is a co-liaison to the Sciences and Japanese language program, advising students with interests in sustainable agriculture, bio-medical and environmental science, education, and Japanese culture.
Highlighted Presentations, Workshops & Service
- Outdoor Activities for Ecological Literacy: A Higher Education Perspective presented at the Environmental Education Council of Ohio Annual Conference, 2016
- Ohayo-Ohio, a Japanese Symposium, presented at Antioch College, 2016.
- “Seed-saving as Community-Building: A four part series”, presented at Ohio State University Extension, Clark County Office, 2016.
- Seed-saving as Resilience” presented at Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association conference, 2016.
- Antioch College Seed School, a one week immersion workshop, 2015.
- In July of 2014 and 2015, took groups of students to the Seed Savers Exchange conference in Decorah, Iowa. Upon their return, students taught seed-saving techniques to the College and to the public on the Antioch Farm.
- Serve as a Third Party Evaluator for BFRDP “Leveraging New Farmer Training in Southwest Ohio: A Collaborative Program Developing New Farmers, Apprentices and Education- Centered Farms”; a collaborative effort between Miami University’s Institute for Food and Cincinnati State’s Sustainable Agriculture certification program
- Serve as a grant reviewer for the Ohio Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers block grant.