Cayla Taylor

Program Development Manager
Cayla Taylor

Cayla is responsible for leading educational program development for the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program. This role entails working closely with the Iowa 4-H campus program specialists who oversee the 4-H program priority areas (STEM, citizenship and leadership, communication and the arts, and healthy living) to develop, review and deploy 4-H youth development programs, and educational resources.

Areas of Focus

  • College and Career Readiness
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Clothing

Professional Awards

  • NAE4-HYDP-Regional Award-Excellence in 4-H Club Support, 2021
  • Iowa 4-H Youth Development Staff Recognition-Alternative Learning Initiatives Team, 2021
  • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Creativity in Service to All Iowans, 2021
  • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach COVID-19 Extraordinary Efforts-Innovative Program Delivery Team Award, 2021
  • NAE4-HYDP-National Communicator Award-News Story, 2020
  • NAE4-HYDP-Regional Award-Excellence in Communication and Expressive Arts, 2020
  • NAE4-HYDP-Distinguished Service Award-Iowa Chapter, 2020
  • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Five Year Service Award, 2018
  • Iowa Women of Innovation Awards Diversity Champion Finalist, 2017
  • Gamma Sigma Delta (Agriculture) Honor Society, 2013
  • Iowa State University College of Human Sciences Graduating Student of the Year, 2009
  • Iowa State University Collegiate Panhellenic Council’s Greek President of the Year Award, 2009


  • Urban Extension: Reflection on Successes, Building for the Future. National Extension Leadership Conference-Sponsored by the Joint Council for Extension Professionals. Kansas City, MO. February 2022.
  • The Role of Disruptive Innovation in Cooperative Extension. Epsilon Sigma Phi National Conference. Research Presentation. Savannah, GA. October 2021.
  • The Practice of Innovation: We Can Do This! Public Issues Leadership Development Conference-Sponsored by the Joint Council for Extension Professionals. Capnote Co-Speaker. Virtual. April 2021.
  • The Role of Disruptive Innovation in Building Effective, Engaging Virtual Educational Opportunities in Extension. National Extension Leadership Conference-Sponsored by the Joint Council for Extension Professionals. Virtual. February 2021.
  • Global Citizenship Opportunities in Iowa 4-H. Global 4-H Summit. Arusha, Tanzania. August 2020. (Postponed due to COVID-19)
  • 4-H Maize Retreat: Culturally Based Youth Leadership Accelerators. Cambio de Colores-National Youth Diversity and Inclusion Conference. Kansas City, MO. June 2018.
  • Examining eXtension. Working Differently in Extension Podcast. January 2017.
  • The Circle of Courage for 21st Century Youth. The Circle of Courage Conference: Reclaiming children, families and communities. Rapid City, SD. June 2015.
  • Technology Adoption Patterns of Iowa Extension Professionals. Iowa State University Graduate and Professional Student Senate Research Conference. Ames, IA. April 2015. Poster Presentations
  • eXtension: The Perceptions, Acceptance and Value Among Iowa Extension Professionals. American Association for Agricultural Education. 2015 Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX. May 2015.
  • eXtension: Adoption, Perceptions and Impact on Iowa Extension Professionals. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. 2015 Annual Conference. Athens, GA. June 2015

Published Research

  • Taylor, C., & Miller, G. (2016). Examining eXtension: Diffusion, Disruption, and Adoption among Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Professionals. Journal of Extension, 54(5), n5.
  • Taylor, Cayla N. (2015). Examining E-extension: Diffusion, Disruption, and Rate of Adoption among Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Professionals, Graduate Dissertation.
  • Wells, N. M., Myers, B. M., Todd, L. E., Barale, K., Gaolach, B., Ferenz, G, & Taylor, Cayla N. (2015). The Effects of School Gardens on Children's Science Knowledge: A randomized controlled trial of low-income elementary schools. International Journal of Science Education, 37(17), 2858-2878.
  • Wells, Nancy M, Meyers, Beth M, Todd, Lauren E, Henderson, Charles R, Barale, Karen, Gaolach, Brad, Franz, Nancy K, Taylor, Cayla N. (2018). The carry-over effects of school gardens on fruit and vegetable availability at home: A randomized controlled trial with low-income elementary schools. Preventive Medicine, 112, 152-159.
Ph.D. Agricultural Education and Studies, 2015, Iowa State University, Specialization: Agricultural Extension Education
B.A. Journalism and Mass Communication, 2009, Iowa State University
B.S. Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies, 2009, Iowa State University
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