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Charlie Nealis, Ph.D

assistant professor/4-H Stem SPecialist


Dr. Charlie Nealis joined Virginia State University College of Agriculture-Cooperative Extension as Assistant Professor, 4-H STEM Specialist in July, 2016. Dr. Nealis is dedicated to developing and enhancing opportunities for youth to explore, experience and learn about the exciting and rewarding education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 


  • Developing STEM educational programming and curriculum
  • Experiential education and career exposure
  • Sustainable soil and water management in urban development
  • Stormwater management
  • Sustainable crop production systems



Ph.D. in Soil & Water Science, University of Florida (2015)
Dissertation: Managing Expectations: Creating a Community-Based Stormwater Pond Nutrient Management Program

M.S. in Agricultural Education & Communication, University of Florida (2008)
Thesis: Agricultural Travel Courses and Commitment to Career Choice by Students in Colleges of Agriculture

B.S. in Food & Resource Economics, University of Florida (2006)
Minor: Plant Sciences