Tag Archives: Faculty

Wingenbach chosen to serve as Winrock International volunteer for USAID’s farmer-to-farmer program

It’s been 30 years since Gary Wingenbach, professor of international agriculture in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, volunteered his time to help farmers combat soil erosion in Guatemala. Prior to his acceptance in a two-week assignment with Winrock International’s Asia Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program/Bangladesh, he had served in the U.S. Peace Corps from 1985-1987. The goal of Winrock’s F2F program is to strengthen the capacity of formal and informal Agriculture Education and Training (AET) institutions to publicize agriculture technologies and innovations, provide relevant training, conduct applied… Read More →

Texas A&M System Universities Awarded Nearly $3 Million From The National Science Foundation

Courtesy Rosana Moreira, Office of Graduate and Professional Studies The Texas A&M University System AGEP Alliance—Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Prairie View A&M University—will receive a $2.8 million grant over 60 months from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop, implement and study a new model for advancing underrepresented minority doctoral candidates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to careers in academia. The Texas A&M University System AGEP Alliance is also funded by NSF’s Research Traineeship (NRT) Program and its Historically Black… Read More →

Cummings Recognized for Excellence in Extension

By: Caitlin Powers Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Scott Cummings, Dr.PH., was  recognized by the American Evaluation Association by receiving the 2013 Sustained Excellence in Extension Evaluation Award. “Scott has demonstrated strong leadership and his work will make significant evaluation efforts more relevant and visible in Extension work,” Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Director, Douglas Steele, Ph.D. said. Cummings’ award recognized his outstanding contributions to Extension and evaluation through his work with the Excellence in Extension effort. He is the program leader for Extension’s Organizational Development unit and associate… Read More →

Piña part of duo recognized for championing diversity

By: Mollie Lastovica Recognized for their commitment to underrepresented populations and students, Associate Professor Manuel Piña, Ph.D. and Professor Carlos Gonzalez, Ph.D., received the 2013 Deans Outstanding Achievement Award for Diversity. Created in 2012, the Deans Outstanding Achievement Awards recognize administrators, faculty, staff and student for their efforts in bettering the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Piña has worked and taught in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications since 1974. In his 29 years in the department, he has made great strides in championing underrepresented… Read More →

Williams Recognized for Passion of Teaching

  By Caitlin Powers A passion for teaching is evident in the classroom, in the conversations with students and now on the wall for assistant professor Jennifer Williams, Ph.D. Williams, better known as Dr. Jen to her students, will have two teaching awards to display on her office wall making her passion for teaching even more evident. Williams was selected to receive two teaching awards – the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for College-Level Teaching and the Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholars Award. “It means… Read More →

Visiting Scholar Joins ALEC Team

By: Mollie Lastovica With countless relationships in academia across the world, it comes as no surprise that the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications welcomes visiting scholar Sevtap Gumus, Ph.D., to campus for the year. Gumus arrived in College Station in June on sabbatical and will stay through June 2014. A native of Turkey, Gumus is an Associate Professor at EGE University in the Department of Agricultural Economics. Her visit to Texas A&M University for academic and research purposes is supported by the Turkish government and, specifically,… Read More →

Rayfield recognized for Outstanding Achievement

By: Caitlin Powers ALEC faculty traveled to the American Association for Agricultural Education’s annual national conference in Columbus, OH in May. At the conference three major research awards are presented and assistant professor John Rayfield, Ph.D. received all three, a feat that has not been achieved by an individual before. “It was a very humbling experience,” Rayfield said about the receiving the awards. “It is one of those freaky things where the stars all had to align.” Rayfield was filled with disbelief as the presenters continued to call… Read More →

Lockett Attends Conference on COALS Neuhaus-Shepardson Faculty Development Grant

By: Caitlin Powers Senior Lecturer Landry Lockett, Ed.D., attended the 16th Annual Wakonse South College Teaching Conference at the Retreat at Balcones Springs, in Marble Falls, Texas, this April to grow as a professor and lecturer. Lockett was selected by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to attend the conference through the Neuhaus-Shepardson Faculty Development Grant. The purpose of the grant is to promote excellence in teaching and instruction. “Everybody was there to learn. The focus was on teaching and how to be a better and more… Read More →