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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!

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 →

ALEC-led Team receives Grant from USDA-NIFA for Gender-Lensed Curricula

News Release An Agricultural Leadership Education and Communications (ALEC)-led team has received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture  (USDA-NIFA) to produce “Gender Lensed Curricula for the Food, Agricultural, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences” (GLCF).  The grant was approved through NIFA’s Higher Education Challenge grant program. The GLCF will fill a gap in knowledge by creating gender-sensitive curricula composed of five modules and a course that focus on five development topics with emphasis on the role of women in development,… Read More →

ALEC professors contribute theme articles to The Agricultural Education Magazine

Now, more than ever, our professors have been driven to adapt to an ever-growing technological world. Online technology has become one of the most important tools they use to get their message across.  Their online article contributions greatly help to not only actively engage their students and colleagues, but others interested in their teachings. Dr. Theresa Murphrey and co-authors Dr. Anna Bates, a graduate of ALEC’s doctoral program, and colleague Caitlin Stanton contributed a theme article to the Agricultural Education Magazine in the July/August 2020 issue focused on… Read More →

Dr. Allison Dunn awarded Distinguished Research Paper at the ALE 2020 Annual Conference

  Join us in congratulating Dr. Allison Dunn and her co-authors doctors Lori Moore, Summer Odom, Gary Briers, and Krista Bailey for having their paper Competencies Needed for Entry-level Student Affairs Leadership Educators selected as the Distinguished Research Paper at the 2020 annual conference of the Association of Leadership Educators. Dr. Dunn currently serves as an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications at Texas A&M University.  The award-winning paper was part of her dissertation research and focuses on identifying the leadership educator competencies entry-level… Read More →

Congratulations Summer 2020 Graduates



Dr. Julie Harlin to Serve on Diversity Commission

  The office of the Texas A&M University President, Michael K. Young, announced today the membership and charge of the newly created Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  ALEC’s own Dr. Julie Harlin will be one of those members representing the Faculty Senate.  Her role, along with the others asked to join the commission, will be vital in following the commission’s charges and reporting their findings back to the Texas A&M Board of Regents.  We are proud of Dr. Harlin’s selection and involvement which will help to guide… Read More →