2005 – Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Agronomy, Colorado State University
2006 – Community Service Award, University of Minnesota
2006 – Outstanding Advisor Award, Presented by COAFES Student Board
2008 – Inducted into Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame
2008 – Little Red Oil Can Award, CFANS Quality of St. Paul Campus Life award
Cardwell, V. B. 2008. Standards, Assessments and Benchmarks for K-12 Soil Science. Agronomy Abstracts.
Cardwell, V.B. 2007. College in the High Schools: An Opportunity for Our Disciplines. Agronomy Abstracts.
Cardwell, V.B. 2006. Role of Scientific and Professional Societies in Teaching and Learning. Midwest Section, American Society of Animal Science, Des Moines, IA. Invited Paper. March 22, 2006.
Cardwell, V.B. 2005. Literacy: What Level for Food, Land, Natural Resources, and Environment? JNRLSE 34:112-117.
Cardwell, V.B., S. Anderson, L. Wiger. 2004. Food, Land and People: 55 New Lessons to Complement PLT, WET and Wild. Minnesota Science Teachers Association. Volunteer paper, April 16, 2004.
Cardwell, V. B. 2004. Content Standards for Agriculture or Agriculture Content imbedded within Core Standards. Agriculture Education J. 77.