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Celebrating the legacy of Joe Townsend

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences family grieve the passing of Joe Townsend, Ph.D., but share in the joy of remembering the lasting impact he left in Aggieland. Townsend had a passion for developing students into advocates and one of the guiding leaders who helped develop an agricultural leadership degree in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. For more than 30 years, Townsend, known as “Dr. Joe” to many students, served as associate vice president for student development and as associate dean for student development… Read More →

Texas Innovators features Dr. Leggette’s science communications research

Holli Leggette, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications and director of the Science Communications Lab, devotes her time to researching new ways for science communicators to better convey information to their audiences. In a time where information is continuously pushed out on social media platforms, information literacy is increasingly important. Instead of stating statistics and scientific information, science communicators should be striving to share information that can not only be understood, but engaged with. Leggette’s research aims to help science communicators educate… Read More →

Graduate Students Awarded at Student Research Week

Four graduate students, along with Robert Strong, Ph.D., Associate Department Head for Graduate Programs, in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, placed in the graduate oral presentations of the 2021 Texas A&M University Student Research Week. Carmen Benson and Strong placed first in the public service graduate session. Benson gave an oral presentation over their research titled “Towards More Inclusive Higher Education Globally: Priorities for Gender Equality.” Chin-Ling Lee and Strong placed first in the agriculture graduate session. Lee presented their research titled “Precision Agriculture Adoption… Read More →

Aggies working to reshape rural education

Texas A&M supporting rural districts, early-college programs   Texas A&M University’s Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, ALEC, is working with rural schools to make sure the future offers as many opportunities as possible for Texas youth. The rural school partnership and program is one Matt Baker, Ph.D., head of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Bryan-College Station, is extraordinarily passionate about. Baker understands the importance of rural education firsthand, not just for students but for communities. Read the… Read More →

Congratulations Excellence Fellowship Recipients

Congratulations to Bethany Busa, McKenna Bush, and Tatum Hardy for earning the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Excellence Fellowship in Fall 2020! The purpose of the Fellowship is to recruit and matriculate top quality M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students, especially students that add diversity to the graduate program. This competitive award considers grades, academics, high impact experiential learning, demonstrated leadership, contribution to college diversity, and strengths of letters of recommendations. We congratulate these students for their achievements and appreciate their contributions toward enhancing our department!

Future Institute Research Center Awards Jean Parrella $1,000 Scholarship

By: Riley Grden Jean Parrella, a Texas A&M University doctoral student working with Holli Leggette, Ph.D. in her science communications lab, received a scholarship from the Future Institute Research Center, becoming a FIRC Associate Research Fellow. “A lot of research we do in the science communications lab aims to identify and develop innovative and effective ways to improve the science communications skills of students and other professionals across agricultural disciplines,” Parrella said. It is important to understand that in agricultural careers, students with degrees in agriculture need to have… Read More →

Highlighting Graduate Student Research

The Department wishes to highlight recent graduates and current graduate student research. Congratulations to all for your accomplishments! Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education Benson, C. N., & Strong Jr., R. (2021, April 12-15). Tackling gender inequality in university education: A content analysis of US and partner government priorities in developing Countries. [Oral presentation]. Association of International Agricultural and Extension Education, virtual conference. Brogan, G., & Strong Jr., R. (2021, April 12-15). Attributes empowering women in the Sub­ Saharan agricultural industry: Utilizing a quantitative content analysis to… Read More →

AgriLeader featured in The Battalion

During spring 2020, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, professor Dr. Tobin Redwine, graduate assistant Jessica Spence, and the AgriLeader Editorial Team decided that no matter what, they were going to publish the Fall 2020 edition. Without access to the Curl Lab where the magazine is produced, miles apart from each other, meeting online through various platforms, and working under a completely new environment and circumstances, they successfully published the magazine’s fall edition.  In the words of the Editor in Chief, Hunter Woods ’20: “As you look… Read More →