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Family and Consumer Sciences

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3354
Laramie, WY  82071-3354

Office: AG C 255
Phone: (307) 766-4186

Family and Consumer Sciences

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Randolph R. “Randy” Weigel, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus



Professor & Extension Specialist, University of Wyoming, 2004
Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, University of Wyoming, 1998-2004
Associate Professor & Ext. Associate Director, University of Wyoming, 1993-1998
Assistant Professor & Ext. Program Leader, University of Wyoming, 1986-1993
Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist, Iowa State University, 1980-1986


Ph.D.  Professional Studies in Education, Iowa State University, 1985
M.S.  Family & Child Development, Kansas State University, 1973
B.S.  Psychology, Colorado State University, 1971


Personal Statement

As a faculty member in the land-grant university system, I am committed to the three prong mission of engagement, (extension/outreach), discovery (research/scholarship) and learning (instruction). Supporting individuals and families in transition best describes my academic focus. I began working in the area of family stress and families facing the farm crisis of the 1980s. I continue this effort today in helping Wyoming and western agricultural families cope with agricultural stress and rural mental health issues.  I also conduct educational programs for families at-risk and human interaction and human resource management in agricultural and rural family enterprises. In addition, I am project Director for Wyoming AgrAbility: Cultivating Accessible Agriculture.


Activities of Engagement


Activities of Discovery

I have collaborated with Agricultural and Applied Economics Department and the Extension Services of Colorado and Arizona on a Risk Management Education project titled:

Activities of Learning

  • FCSC 1010, Perspectives in Family & Consumer Sciences
  • FCSC 4985/5985, Seminar: Development in Community Leadership
  • FCSC 4117/5117, Understanding Community Leadership
  • Human Development and Family Sciences
  • AGEC 4890/5890, Western Integrated Resource Management, an online integrated agricultural management credit and noncredit course for college students and agricultural producers.
  • Enterprising Rural Families: Making it Work, an online, international (AU, CA, US) course and educational resources for rural families involved in family enterprises.


Click on the image below for pictures of Weigel explaining safety issues and injury prevention for ranchers and farmers. 

Images of Weigel

Dr. Randy Weigel

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