As interim associate dean of the Honors College, Jennie Popp oversees the Honors College fellowship and grant programs, serves as the college’s liaison with the six college-based honors programs, and leads and directs new initiatives in international research and service learning.
Popp is a professor of agricultural economics and agricultural business and co-director of the University of Arkansas Service Learning Initiative. She helped to launch service learning on campus by developing the agricultural component of the community development program based in Dangriga, Belize. Led by Popp and Angela Oxford, the UA Service Learning Initiative has built support and expanded opportunities for faculty and students, with more than 150 service learning course sections currently offered on campus and abroad.
Peace Corps service in West Africa inspired Jennie Popp’s interest in agricultural economics. There she worked to improve both production and financial management practices for rice, corn, vegetable and swine operations. Dr. Popp has been a faculty member of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness since 1998.
Dr. Popp has taught a variety of courses for the University of Arkansas, many of which focus on the areas of natural resource and environmental economics. As a member of the university sustainability committee she helped develop and launch an undergraduate sustainability minor and a graduate level certificate.
Popp served as a member of the Bumpers College Honors Committee for nearly 10 years. She has directed many honors student theses on topics ranging from assessing women’s roles in Arkansas agriculture to composting food waste from campus residence halls. Many of her students have won awards for their honors research on campus and at the regional and national level. Popp has participated in honors committees within Bumpers College and Fulbright College and until recently, served as “first mentor” to all incoming honors students majoring in agribusiness.
Dr. Popp holds an appointment as Area Director for Economics in the Division of Agriculture Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability .
Dr. Popp serves as Co-Director of the Service Learning Initiative at University of Arkansas.
Dr. Popp serves as a member of the U.S. EPA Farm Ranch and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC)