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USDA funded project to better prepare students for rigorous college programs and future careers

Faculty members in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications received $298,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture to develop and test communications and decision-making curriculum for students enrolled in secondary and two-year post-secondary education programs. As part of the three-year project, Fueling the Mind, Feeding the World, Holli Leggette, Ph.D., and Theresa Murphrey, Ph.D., and their team of an instructional designer and undergraduate and graduate students will develop and deliver 14 online reusable learning modules designed to prepare students for the communication and decision-making demands… Read More →

Elbert to speak at upcoming AAPO First Friday Lecture Series

Dr. Chanda Elbert, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications will speak at an upcoming African American Professional Organization (AAPO) lecture. Elbert will discuss how the universalist leadership pattern may be used to develop institutions to promote Ghana’s economic development objectives in both the international and local contexts. To learn more about the lecture topic, click here.  

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.

ALEC-led team awarded Presidential Transformational Teaching Grant

A team led by Dr. Manuel Piña, Jr. has received one of ten Texas A&M University Presidential Transformation Teaching Grants (PTTG). The two-year, $60,000 grant is to develop gender-sensitive curricula that emphasizes the role and value of women in all societies. The title of the project is “Gender Lensed Curricula for International Development.” Team members include: Dr. Theresa Murphrey from the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications and Drs. Silva Hamie, Reyko Huang, Valerie Hudson, Raymond Robertson and Leslie Ruyle from the Bush School of Government and… Read More →