Dr. Robert A. Flores
Professor & Department Head
Dr. Flores joined the Agricultural Education & Communication Department in 1983. He is serving as the Department Head. He teaches undergraduate courses and supervises graduate students in the credential program. He also serves as a core faculty member for the California Agricultural Leadership Program.
Dr. Flores comes from a family of eight children who were born and raised in Bakersfield, California. His family’s move to a rural area of Bakersfield opened “the doors” of agriculture for him. He was a member of the Casa Loma 4-H and the South High School FFA Chapter.
Dr. Flores attended Bakersfield College for one year before transferring to Cal Poly, where he received a degree in Animal Science. He completed student teaching at Hanford High School, followed by five years of teaching at San Benito High School in Hollister. He earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Flores worked in Costa Rica in the development of EARTH University (Escuela de Agricultura de la Región Tropical Húmeda). EARTH is now in its 25th year of operation.
Dr. Flores serves as a co-advisor to Latinos in Agriculture, and he served as a national officer of the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS).
Dr. Flores and Sheryl have been married for 35 years, and they have 3 sons – two are Cal Poly graduates, and the youngest will soon be a Cal Poly graduate.