The Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) recently attended the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE) conference in Merida, Mexico, April 16-20. The department was well represented, with five attendees bringing home awards and recognition.
Assistant Professor Tobin Redwine, Ph.D., received the Outstanding Early Achievement award. Associate Professor Robert Strong, Ph.D., was awarded the Outstanding Service award, the highest honor bestowed by the AIAEE and Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Operations Kim Dooley, Ph.D., was recognized as the current and outgoing President.
“The Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE) provides students not only the opportunity to disseminate their scholarship, but also to develop professional networks with researchers and practitioners around the world for post-graduation opportunities,” said Strong. “TAMU has several faculty and students that present their research at AIAEE each year and those experiences have led to faculty positions, doctoral programs and positions within international government agencies, NGO’s and industry.”
In addition to the ALEC faculty receiving honors, graduate students Shannon Norris and Lacey Roberts both received awards. Norris was awarded the 2nd runner up Outstanding Student Poster Presentation and Roberts was awarded the 2nd runner up Outstanding Student Presentation.
“Attending conferences, such as AIAEE, is extremely beneficial for graduate students to attend,” said Norris. “It provides access to a network of people and cutting-edge research that will better prepare us for the professional world after graduation.”
The AIAEE is an international organization for both agricultural and extension educators alike. The organization provides a forum to build professional networks, dialogue and learning. Established in 1984, the professional organization is for agricultural and extension educators who share a common goal of strengthening agricultural and extension education programs and institutions worldwide.