Category Archives: Feature

Texas A&M ALEC department has 11 NACTA attendees take home awards

The Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) recently returned from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) conference held in Ames, Iowa on June 12-15. The NACTA professional society focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning agriculture and related disciplines at the postsecondary level. The ALEC department was well represented with 11 attendees taking home awards in the categories of graduate student teaching, educator awards, teaching scholar awards and journal awards. Graduate Student Teaching Lori Costello, Ph.D. student David Walther, Ph.D…. Read More →

Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications department hires new Agricultural Science faculty member

Dr. OP McCubbins is bringing some new insight to the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC). McCubbins comes to us from Tennessee Technological University and was previously an agricultural science teacher in Northern Kentucky. “I’ve only been with Texas A&M for a short while, but I love the atmosphere of the campus,” said McCubbins. “Everyone is eager to help and it makes it feel like home!” Along with his experiences from Kentucky and Tennessee, McCubbins secured his doctoral degree from Iowa State in the spring of… Read More →

ALEC Department Travels Abroad for AIAEE Conference in Mexico

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… Read More →

Texas A&M’s radio broadcasting program places 90 percent of graduates with industry jobs

Students interested in landing a job in radio broadcasting immediately after college should look no further than right here in Aggieland. Since 2010, the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications’ radio broadcasting program has been steadily building, and in the last four years, approximately 90 percent of students who are actively seeking jobs in the radio and records industry find them prior to graduating – at some of the hottest companies from the East Coast to the West Coast. Billy McKim, associate professor of agricultural communications and… Read More →

Aggie veteran completes 40-year journey to earning degree

For University Studies – Leadership major and veteran Bobby Deiss ’80, his graduation from Texas A&M University this week is a story 40 years in the making. Deiss, who first came to Texas A&M in 1976, left after the summer semester after failing to maintain his grades. He was told to take 15 hours from a community college before reapplying to Texas A&M, which he never did. However, the following year, he was invited to join the Corps and came back to campus for Fish Orientation Week, thinking… Read More →

Developing a new generation of international aid workers

A collaborative project through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Higher Education Challenge Grant Program aims to increase the effectiveness of future international agricultural development workers through on-the-ground training and high impact experiences. Researchers from the Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC); Sam Houston State University; and Auburn University have partnered with Christianville Foundation, Inc. in Haiti to provide graduate students the opportunity to immerse themselves into the daily struggles of Haitians. During their week overseas, students work alongside Haitians in Christianville to identify… Read More →

Experts say eye-tracking technology will revolutionize how communicators design messages for consumers

As society becomes increasingly visual, researchers at Texas A&M are testing how eye-tracking technology can change the way advertisers and communicators tailor messages to their consumers and audiences. Tobin Redwine and Billy McKim, professors in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, say that the goal of visual communicators is to direct their audience to the most important point in everyday items, whether that is advertisements, surveys or social media applications. “Understanding how people process images, from emojis to infographics, helps us better understand how to craft… Read More →

Wingenbach chosen to serve as Winrock International volunteer for USAID’s farmer-to-farmer program

It’s been 30 years since Gary Wingenbach, professor of international agriculture in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, volunteered his time to help farmers combat soil erosion in Guatemala. Prior to his acceptance in a two-week assignment with Winrock International’s Asia Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program/Bangladesh, he had served in the U.S. Peace Corps from 1985-1987. The goal of Winrock’s F2F program is to strengthen the capacity of formal and informal Agriculture Education and Training (AET) institutions to publicize agriculture technologies and innovations, provide relevant training, conduct applied… Read More →