Monthly Archives: June 2015

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 →

Developing Students into Effective Agricultural Teachers

Agricultural Science majors are developing and improving their teaching skills through hands-on experience in the STEM Lab. These students learn science, technology, engineering and math—or STEM—through skills-based learning activities. Woodworking, electrical wiring and welding are some of the skills students practice. The STEM Lab aims to expose agricultural science majors to these skills and to teach them how to guide others through the process. “We mostly give [students] an opportunity to practice these skills, and then we teach them how to teach others,” said Jason McKibben, a graduate… 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 →

Taya Brown chosen to participate in AIARD’s Future Leaders Forum

By: Emily Foreman Congratulations to Taya Brown, a graduate student in the ALEC department, on being selected by the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development as a participant in their 2015 Future Leaders Forum. She is one of 12 students to be chosen from a variety of universities across the United States. FLF recipients are selected on a competitive basis and must demonstrate an interest as well as experience in addressing international agriculture and rural development issues. Brown will be attending the 2015 AIARD Annual Conference in… 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 →