AGCJ welcomes two new team members

Agricultural Communications and Journalism welcomes two new team members

Students in Agricultural Communications and Journalism now have the opportunity to work alongside two new faces, with the addition of Assistant Professor Billy McKim, Ph.D., and Academic Adviser Tobin Redwine, beginning this summer.

Billy McKim, a former Marine, earned his doctorate in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications at Texas A&M University in 2010. He earned a master’s degree in Agricultural Education at the University of Missouri, and a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences, at the University of Wyoming.

McKim brings a unique perspective from his experience in radio broadcast; he was a Disc Jockey in California from 2000-2003. Students will benefit from his firsthand knowledge of the radio industry in the classroom through AGCJ 366, Radio Broadcast in Agriculture, and AGCJ 466, Advanced Radio Broadcast in Agriculture. Both courses will be offered in the upcoming fall and spring semesters.

Associate Department Head Tracy Rutherford, Ph.D., said that McKim will be a valued addition and integral component of the Agricultural Communications and Journalism Faculty. “McKim’s enthusiasm for communication technologies, people, and research are the perfect combination for success in our program and for our program,” said Rutherford.

McKim’s radio experience will impact the department not only in the classroom, but also in undergraduate and graduate research. His research vision has helped create an opportunity for students to engage in relevant market research. “We are also excited about strengthening our graduate and undergraduate research program through the addition of the digital media research laboratory led by McKim,” said Rutherford.

Tobin Redwine joins the staff as an academic adviser for undergraduate students majoring in agricultural communications and journalism. Redwine earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Leadership and Development at Texas A&M University in 2008, and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Communications at Texas Tech University in 2009.

Redwine comes to the department after working as the recruitment coordinator for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University for two years.

Jonathan Howell, fellow academic adviser for the department, said that Redwine’s work is marked by enthusiasm and engagement. “Tobin has been an excellent addition to the ALEC advising team.  His high energy personality and love for agricultural communications makes him the perfect fit this position,” said Howell.

Redwine will be teaching AGCJ 105, Introduction to Agricultural Communications, in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

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