Monthly Archives: January 2020

ALEC welcomes Dr. Peng Lu as postdoctoral research associate

Dr. Peng Lu has joined the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications as a postdoctoral research associate. Lu received her bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Hebei Agricultural University in China, and master’s degree at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Her doctorate in Agricultural Education and Communications was earned at Texas Tech University. Lu focuses her research on human cognitive behavior including critical thinking and metacognitions. Her research has developed and tested a Critical Thinking Attitude Instrument to assess the critical thinking attitudes of students studying agriculture…. Read More →

Former student Dr. Montza Williams appointed 4-H program director

Dr. Montza Williams, a former student of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications was recently appointed 4-H program director for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Williams is a two time graduate out of the department with both a masters and doctoral degree, and began his new role Jan. 1, 2020. Find out more below: https://agrilifetoday.tamu.edu/2019/11/22/williams-appointed-4-h-program-director/

Former student Dr. Angela Burkham recently appointed executive associate director of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Dr. Angela Burkham, a former student of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications was recently appointed executive director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Burkham finalized her Doctor of Education from the department in 2010. Read more about her new role below: https://agrilifetoday.tamu.edu/2019/07/11/burkham-appointed-executive-associate-director-of-texas-am-agrilife-extension/ 

Harlin selected as member for university-wide midcareer faculty learning community

Dr. Julie Harlin, a faculty member in the department since 1999 was one of 12 members selected as member for the pilot Midcareer Faculty Learning Community. The faculty learning community seeks to address the unique needs of faculty who have achieved tenure and are now in the middle phase of their academic career. Faculty accepted in the program will: Practice the skills essential for collegiality and leadership (e.g. active listening, constructive dialogue, strength appreciation, growth mindset, team-building Cultivate the agency of individual faculty to constructively confront challenges, seek… Read More →

Odom and Rotter chosen as panelists in upcoming Texas Economic Development Winter Conference

Dr. Summer Odom, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications has been chosen as a panelist for the upcoming Texas Economic Development Winter Conference. The tile of the panel discussion will be, “Leadership Lessons from Leadership Leaders.” In addition to Odom’s participation, Dr. Craig Rotter, assistant lecturer in the department and executive director of the Texas Rural Leadership program will also be a participant in the panel.