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ALEC department mourns loss of professor emeritus Dr. James Christiansen

Dr. James E. Christiansen, professor emeritus at Texas A&M University (TAMU) in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC), passed away, Wednesday, Aug. 8. Christiansen was 87 years old, just three weeks shy of his 88th birthday, September 1. Christiansen began his career with Texas A&M in 1968 as an associate professor of agricultural education. After 36 years of teaching at TAMU, he retired in 2004 and took on the role of professor emeritus in the department. Until recently, he was in his office and at… Read More →

Critically Thinking About Ways to Improve Critical Thinking

A recent study conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) revealed that 81 percent of employers believe that critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills are quite important when selecting college graduates as new employees. Unfortunately, a vast majority of universities fall flat when it comes to teaching this learning outcome to students. At the moment, very few methods have been developed to teach critical thinking skills and the ones in place only scratch the surface. Dr. Barry Boyd, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural… Read More →

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’s faculty 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… Read More →

2018 Scholarship Breakfast

   

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 →

Researchers develop curriculum to improve communication skills of science majors

Researchers at Texas A&M University and Prairie View A&M University are developing curriculum designed to strengthen the communication skills of agricultural, natural resource and food science graduates. Holli Leggette and Theresa Murphrey, faculty members in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, are developing seven modules of instruction to enhance the communication skills of Texas A&M and Prairie View A&M students as they prepare to become career-ready. “Every student who graduates from a college of agriculture across the country needs to have a basic understanding of communication… Read More →

ALEC faculty lead mentoring program for first generation student veterans

Texas A&M’s recognition as a military-friendly university attracts many veteran students, and as a result, provides various activities, programs and support to ensure Aggie student veteran success. One of these is the First Generation Veterans learning community, or #FirstGenVets, a year-long comprehensive program composed of first generation undergraduate veterans and faculty and staff from across the university. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (AGLS) facilitators include Drs. Summer Odom, Julie Harlin, Barry Boyd and Lori Moore – faculty in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications –… Read More →