Category Archives: Faculty

Experiencing adds to learning

By: Emily Foreman For the past six years John Rayfield, Ph.D., has been teaching a graduate-level course on experiential learning. This class combines the theory of experiential learning with real-world experiences and allows students to engage in hands-on learning. The course is a balance of in depth theory and the actual real-world practice of that theory. Rayfield said the students learn experiential learning theories dating back to the 1920s and 30s. “The students study how project-based learning in rural living was a large portion of educational society and… Read More →

New Assistant Professor, Tobin Redwine, Ph.D.

By: Emily Foreman When a compelling story about agriculture is being told you can almost be certain Tobin Redwine, Ph.D., will be nearby. As the ALEC department’s new agricultural communications and journalism assistant professor, Redwine will teach and research about how the agriculture industry can tell captivating stories and extend that knowledge through service. Redwine graduated with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural leadership and development from Texas A&M University in 2008. He continued his education at Texas Tech University. After graduating with a Master of Science in… Read More →

Associate Department Head Recognized for Work with Graduate Students

By: Emily Foreman ALEC Associate Department Head Scott Cummings, Ph.D., received the Kunze Award from the Graduate and Professional Student Council. The award is named for George W. Kunze, Ph.D., long-time Dean of the Graduate College at Texas A&M University. The award acknowledges a faculty member, staff member, team of faculty or a Texas A&M University entity that has made outstanding contributions to the success and prosperity of the Graduate and Professional Student Council. Cummings’ work with graduate students is more than just a part of his job… Read More →

ALEC Faculty Attend AAAE Conference

Several ALEC faculty members attended the American Association for Agricultural Education’s 2015 national conference in San Antonio, Texas. Throughout the conference several faculty members received awards and recognition for their outstanding work in various areas: Kim Dooley, Ph.D. – AAAE Fellow Alvin Larke, Ph.D. – AAAE Honorary Lifetime Membership Award Clay Ewell – AAAE Special Award Robert Strong­­, Ph.D. – AAAE Outstanding Early Career Award Katy Lane and Theresa Murphrey, Ph.D. – Top Five Research Poster Encouraging Undergraduate Students in Agriculture to Pursue International Experiences: Preference and Motivation… Read More →

New Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Dr. Philip Shackelford

Philip Shackelford, PhD, offers a new perspective on program development for county extension agents. With over 20 years of experience planning and implementing agriculture programs, Shackelford understands key techniques for successful and effective program development. Shackelford’s passion for agriculture developed during his teen years. His county extension agent and agricultural teachers from high school influenced Shackelford’s decision to pursue a career in agriculture. Shackelford earned a Master of Science in Agricultural Education from Tarleton State University, and recently graduated with a PhD from Texas A&M. Before he became… Read More →

Hundreds participate in Farm & Ranch Tour

Henderson County Farm & Ranch Tour speaker Jim Mazurkiewicz said rural places like Henderson County continue to fill the agriculture needs of the nation, but the percentage of agriculturalists in the U.S. continues to shrink. Jim Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D., is the leadership program director for Texas AgriLife Extension. His career includes 20 years as an extension agent before moving to College Station, where he headed up Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Program. “Today 99 percent are in the city,” Mazurkiewicz said. “Less than one percent of the people are actually… Read More →

ALEC Faculty Attend AIAEE Conference in the Netherlands

Recently several ALEC faculty members traveled to the Netherlands to attend the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education Conference. During the conference several faculty members received awards for their outstanding work in various categories. Awards include: Dr. Murphrey – Service Dr. Shinn – Leadership Dr. Strong – Fellow Taya Brown and Dr. Murphrey – 1st Runner-Up in Graduate Student Presentations Dr. Redwine, Dr. Rutherford & Dr. Wingenbach – 1st Place Open Faculty/Professional Presentation Dr. Strong, Dr. Edney and Dr. Hanagriff – 1st Runner-Up Open Presentations Congratulations to… Read More →

Bringing the Classroom to Guatemala

ALEC students recently participated in a 10 day trip to Guatemala during their spring break to experience international agriculture development in action. ALEC Professor Gary Wingenbach, Ph.D., led the trip. Students are required to enroll in the International Development Theories in Agriculture 489 course to travel abroad. Each student studies a particular aspect of agriculture development, such as food security, water resource issues, or agricultural production issues. Students were able to further research their emphasis areas in Guatemala and work with people who experience these issues every day…. Read More →

ALEC Students Connect with the Some of the Biggest Names in Country Radio

By: Patricia Ward This past February, four undergraduates, one graduate assistant and two faculty members packed into two vehicles and headed to Nashville, Tennessee to attend the Country Radio Seminar. The seminar is a three-day experience for country radio broadcasters. Attendees from all across the country come to this seminar to share and exchange ideas and business techniques while promoting the country radio broadcast industry. This trip is unique to ALEC students because they are the only students in the country attending the seminar. During their time there,… Read More →

AgriLife Advanced Leaders Program – Building Leaders and Lasting Relationships

By: Patricia Ward Texas A&M AgriLife’s Advanced Leadership Program enhancing leadership and personal development skills. As part of an 18-month program, cohort members participate in leadership activities and develop lasting professional relationships with members across the different agencies. Cohort III is comprised of 15 members employed under the different AgriLife agencies. The group meets several times a year to develop members’ leadership skills, enhance understanding of the Texas A&M System and its land-grant mission. Associate Professor Julie Harlin, Ph.D., along with recent ALEC graduate Courtney Dodd, Ph.D., are… Read More →