Western Kentucky University

Faculty and Staff - Amanda McKeith

Dr. Amanda McKeith, Ph.D

Dr. Amanda McKeith, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Animal Science

Office:  EST 254
Phone:  270-745-5968
Email:  amanda.gipe@wku.edu
Website:  http://wku.edu/agriculture


  • AGRI 491/491G: Data Analysis & Interpretation
  • AGRI 494: Ag Issues
  • ANSC 324: Meats and Meat Products  
  • ANSC 338: Live Animal Evaluation
  • ANSC 440: Advanced Livestock Evaluation & Selection                
  • ANSC 442/443 & 475G: Beef Production
  • ANSC 444/445 & 475G: Swine Production
  • ANSC 475 & 675: History of BBQ
  • ANSC 475 & 675: Art of BBQing
  • ANSC 475: Principles of Meat Evaluation
  • ANSC 475: Meat Evaluation
  • ANSC 475: Collegiate Livestock Judging


WKU Research: Western Kentucky University, 2012-present

  • Thermal Inactivation of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Non-O157:H7 Shiga Toxin-producing E. coli in Moisture Enhanced Non-intact Beefs as Affected by Internal Temperature, Moisture Enhancing Rate, and Resting time by Double Pan-broiling
  • Investigate the efficacy of hops beta acids to inactivate unstressed or acid stress adapted Listeria monocytogenes on commercial cured ham during storage at 7.2°C
  • Thermal inactivation of shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli  (STEC) in veal products moisture enhanced with essential oils
  • Evaluation of the efficacy of postharvest chlorine water washing procedures to control foodborne pathogens on fresh produce selling at local farmers’ markets and development of a zinc finger protein array for on-site detection of foodborne pathogens
  • An Integrated Approach to Enhance the Safety of Locally Grown Fresh Produce Through Research and Extension

       PhD Research: Dept. of Dairy & Animal Science, Penn State University, ‘09 – ‘12

  • Investigation of quality attributes and inhibition of foodborne pathogens of “no-nitrate or nitrite-added” bacon (Dissertation Research)
  • Effects of transportation type on pig well-being and pork loin quality

      Masters Research: Dept. of Animal Science & Industry, K-State University, ‘07 – ‘08

  • Effects of distillers dried grains with solubles on pork loin quality and sow fat quality (Thesis research)
  • Effects of aging on tenderness of longissimus muscle of cull cows under different management strategies (GEMS Project)


Dr. Amanda Gipe McKeith serves as the coach for both the Livestock and Meat Judging Teams at Western Kentucky University.  In addition, she is the Block and Bridle co-advisor (the largest undergraduate organization in the Department of Agriculture).  Dr. Amanda Gipe McKeith is originally from Merced, CA where she grew up on a 700 acre farm/ranch.  Her family raises purebred registered Shorthorn cattle and grows corn silage, alfalfa, oats, and pasture hay.   Amanda grew up showing livestock with her sister, Amy, and parents, Alpha and Sherri.  Her family still runs the operation that now includes her brother-in-law, Tim and nephew, TJ as well as her husband Russell McKeith.  Amanda served as a Board of Director for the American Junior Shorthorn Association, was the Alternate National Shorthorn Lassie Queen, and is currently serving as a Board of Director for the National Shorthorn Lassie Association. 


Ph.D., Animal Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 2012

  • Animal Science – Emphasis: Meat Science

M.S., Animal Science, Kansas State University, 2008                                             

  • Animal Science – Emphasis: Meat Science

B.S., Dual Degree, Kansas State University, 2007

  • Animal Science - Emphasis: Animal Products
  • Food Science – Emphasis: Food Business and Operations Management
    • Minor in Agricultural Economics

            A.A., General Agriculture, Merced Community College, 2003                                           


At Merced Community College, Dr. McKetih was actively involved in Ag Ambassadors, Young Cattlemen, Blue Devil Aggies, Livestock Show Team, and the Livestock Judging Team. While an undergrad at KSU, she was on the Livestock and Meat Judging Teams and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Collegiate Cattlewomen, and Alpha Zeta.  During her M.S. degree Dr. McKeith helped coach the 2007 Meats Judging Team and coached the 2008 Meats Judging Team.  She helped coach the livestock judging team from 2009 to 2012 and coached the RMC Undergraduate Quiz Bowl Team from 2009 to 2012 at Penn State University.

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