Tag Archives: Teaching

Graduate students learn sustainable farm technologies to strengthen communities in developing nations

In an effort to learn about globally sustainable farm methods and technologies, six graduate students in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications visited the World Hunger Relief farm outside of Waco, TX, earlier this month. As part of the high impact experience, students toured the farm’s gardening and field operations, harvested vegetables and explored their broiler production operation. They also visited the farm’s dormitory, a Nicaraguan-inspired house and various other facilities similar to ones found in developing nations. “This farm is an excellent training ground for… 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 →

J.P Hancock ‘83 Joins ALEC as Assistant Lecturer

By: Caitlin Powers The ALEC department has a new assistant lecturer, J.P. Hancock, who will be teaching agricultural science courses that he once took at Texas A&M. “Since I have been in the teaching field I have wanted to come back and do exactly what I am doing now,” Hancock said, “teaching skills to our future teachers.” For the past three years Hancock taught night classes at Rudder High School with Professor Tim Murphy, Ph.D.. Prior to teaching with Murphy, Hancock taught at Sealy High School for 26… Read More →

Guest Lecturer Sheds Light on South Africa and Racial Relations

By: Mollie Lastovica Students in Professor Alvin Larke, Jr., Ph.D.’s Cultural Pluralism in Agriculture course, ALED 422, were greeted on Thursday by guest lecturer Donna Bryant, former foreign correspondent for the Associated Press. Bryant was raised in California and attended Northwestern University to complete both a bachelor’s and master’s in journalism. She worked as a foreign correspondent for 19 years, seven of which she spent in South Africa. She currently resides in Colorado and works as a freelance journalist and writer. Bryant reflected on her time in South… Read More →

Experience the Learning

Graduate students learn through hands on experience By: Taylor Demski Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory defines experiential learning as “the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. Knowledge results from the combination of grasping and transforming experience.” One ALEC professor puts the theory into practice by providing experiences for his students that are innovative, engaging and certainly out-of-the-ordinary. ALEC 603, Experiential Learning, is available for graduate students to enroll in every year during the maymester. Taught by Assistant Professor John Rayfield, Ed.D., the course features a… Read More →

Congratulations Dr.Boyd

Dr. Barry Boyd was recently honored by the University Professorships for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence with the Thaman Professorship. Dr. Boyd was among one of five professors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recognized for their dedication to undergraduate teaching excellence. Learn more about the honor at http://agrilife.org/today/2012/02/09/agriculture-professors-honored-for-undergraduate-teaching-excellence/.