Professor Phillip John Clauer

Phillip J. Clauer
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Professor Phillip John Clauer

Professor Emeritus in Animal Science with a Poultry Science Emphasis

Location: University Park, PA 16802
Email: [email protected]

Areas of Expertise:

  • Poultry Judging
  • Purebred and Exhibition Poultry
  • Incubation
  • Small Specialty Poultry Production
  • General Poultry Production Management
  • Embryology in the Classroom


  • B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Poultry Science/Business and Industry (1983)
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Continuing and Vocational Education/Extension (1985)

Employment Record:

  • 2023: Professor Emeritus, Department of Animal Science, The Pennsylvania State University.
  • 2019 to 2023: Associate Teaching Professor, Poultry Science, Department of Animal Science, The Pennsylvania State University.
  • 2006 to 2019: Senior Instructor / Assistant Teaching Professor, 4-H Youth and Specialty Poultry Programs, Department of Poultry Science, The Pennsylvania State University.
  • 2001 to 2006: Senior Extension Associate, 4-H Youth and Specialty Poultry Programs, Department of Poultry Science, The Pennsylvania State University.
  • 1985 to 2001: Extension Poultry Specialist, 4-H Youth/Small Flocks, Animal and Poultry Sciences Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
  • 1983 to 1985: Program Assistant to Extension Poultry and Small Animal Specialist, Poultry Science Department, University of Wisconsin.

Past Programing and Outreach:

  • Leadership in 4-H/Youth Poultry Programs, focusing on traditional rearing and raising poultry projects.
  • Organized and conducted state and national 4-H poultry judging contests.
  • Assisted in organizing and conducting state F.F.A. Career Development Events.
  • Led the 4-H Embryology project, an annual school-enrichment project involving over 40,000 youth in Pennsylvania.
  • Provided technical assistance to small and specialty poultry operators, including breeders and owners of domestic poultry, game birds, organic and pastured poultry, urban poultry, and other small specialty flocks.


  • Instructed AN SC 421 “Poultry Evaluation and Selection.”
  • Taught AN SC 426 “Poultry Judging.”
  • Guest lectured and assisted in teaching various courses and labs.
  • Developed the Poultry Industry section for AN SC 100 “Intro to Animal Industries.”
  • Coordinated AN SC 395 “for credit” internships for the Animal Sciences major.
  • Advised undergraduate students in the AN SC Major.
  • Advised the Poultry Science Club.

Future Plans:

  • To assist in transitioning the Poultry Science Club, judging teams, and youth poultry programs as needed.
  • To serve as a judge at poultry fairs and round-ups.
  • To provide consultation when time permits.


  • Authored and contributed to numerous Pennsylvania Extension Publications, including guides, fact sheets, and manuals.
  • Contributed to Department Publications and National Extension Publications, particularly in the field of 4-H Poultry Judging and Embryology.
  • Received awards for contributions to academic advising, student recruiting, and professional skills.

Past Committee Work:

  • Active involvement in various program, college, and national committees, including steering committees, scholarship committees, and advisory roles.

Phillip J. Clauer is a highly experienced and dedicated professional with extensive expertise in poultry science, education, and outreach. His contributions to academia, 4-H youth programs, and the poultry industry have earned him numerous accolades and recognition. As a Professor Emeritus in Animal Science, Phillip continues to make valuable contributions to the field and remains committed to fostering the growth of future poultry enthusiasts and professionals.

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