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High Impact Experience Networking Works

Ph.D. Student Lacey Roberts is demonstrating two cases that show how networking with High Impact Experience (HIE) funds provided by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications (ALEC) are effective. Lacey was one of four graduate students enrolled in ALEC 646 – Institutions Serving Agriculture in Developing Nations. In a five-day period during the spring semester of 2019, partially sponsored by the HIE, they visited 21 organizations and their staffs that conduct international development work in Washington, D.C. In… Read More →

Immersing students in immersive technology

From the moment that we wake up in the morning, technology is a part of our daily routine. Many of us wake up to an alarm set on our cell phones, click on our smart TV’s to catch the morning news and a quick check of our email before, syncing our phones to the radios in our cars on the way to work. It only makes sense that more technology is on its way to the classroom. The effective use of educational technology in the classroom offers students… Read More →

Texas A&M Represented Well at Global Education Conference

Texas A&M University, the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC), and partners were represented well at the sixth annual Universality of Global Education Conference (UGEC) held at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) on February 28-March 1, 2019. The UGEC is a small, friendly conference that is highly interactive and positively engaging. The theme for this year’s conference was “Education for Culturally Sustaining Practices”. The conference attracted about 75 registrants and many hourly or day visitors from SHSU, including research teams from Turkey, Russia, Costa Rica and… Read More →

ALEC graduate student wins big at 3MT competition

Kathryn Edmunds, a student in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications at Texas A&M University, has found some recent success with the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. The 3MT research communication competition gives graduate students three minutes to orally present their thesis and its significance. This program challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries to present them concisely to a non-specialist audience. In total, 51 students participated in the high-impact learning experience this year. Edmunds took home first prize in the master’s division and… Read More →

ALEC Graduate Students participate in Sustainability and Development Conference at the University of Michigan

Six Texas A&M University (TAMU) students recently participated in a panel discussion about “Gender Equity and Cultural Autonomy: Implications for Sustainable Development” at the inaugural Sustainability and Development conference. The conference was held at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Mich., November 9-11, 2018. Four presentations comprised the 75-minute discussion moderated by Dr. Manuel Pina Jr. and Tessa Davis, program consultant with the Just Like My Child Foundation. Davis informed about the trajectory and recent evaluation of the Girl Power Project (GPP) with the participating teens in… 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 →