Immersing students in immersive technology

McCubbins Project

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 →

Happy holidays from ALEC

Happy Holidays 2018

Search now open for ALEC department head

Professor and Head Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications Texas A&M University Texas A&M University invites applications for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications (ALEC). This will be a 9-month tenured position, with a substantial research appointment (25-50%), and an administrative stipend. The administrative stipend and two additional months of salary will be effective for as long the person holds the position of Department Head. The Professor and Head will serve as the chief administrative officer of the… 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 →

ALEC department mourns loss of professor emeritus Dr. James Christiansen

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 →