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Mary Kay Siefers, Ph.D.

Mary Kay SiefersTeaching professor, global food systems leadership program director
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Campus office: 256 Leadership Studies Building


I’m passionate about designing transformational experiences that result in significant enough changes in students that both they and others recognize. I create learning communities that value each member’s experiences and life stories so that students can discuss pertinent leadership issues and learn from one another.

Current courses

  • LEAD/GENAG 225: Fundamentals of Global Food Systems Leadership
  • LEAD/GENAG 325: Uncertainty in Global Food Systems Leadership
  • LEAD/GENAG 425: Global Food Systems Leadership in Action
  • LEAD 350: Culture and Context in Leadership
  • LEAD 450: Senior Seminar in Leadership


I direct K-State's global food system leadership secondary major, challenging undergraduate students to make positive change on global problems facing food and agriculture.


  • Ph.D. in animal science, Kansas State University
  • M.S. in animal science, Kansas State University
  • B.S. in secondary education, Kansas State University

More about me

I love spending time with my family, especially watching and photographing young family members participating in their 4-H, music, sports, theater and school activities.