Tag Archives: Agricultural Education

Agricultural Education and Personal Growth

By: Samantha Voges The alarm clock rang at 6:30 on a Saturday morning. Most high school students would not even begin to imagine being up at this hour on a weekend. Kylie Bennett, student at Texas A&M reminisces one of her experiences from her time in FFA when she was in high school. Bennett recalls being up at this hour every morning to get to the barn in time to feed and work her show pigs before her day was off to a start. Once she was at… Read More →

ALEC Graduate Student Chosen as FLF Participant

Each year the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development chooses 12 students from across the United States to participate in their Future Leaders Forum. This program allows students to be put in contact with industry leaders in international development in agriculture. It also gives them the opportunity to see the inner workings of global organizations based in Washington, District of Columbia. Taya Brown, a graduate student in the ALEC department, had the honor of being chosen as one of the 2015 FLF participants. “There was a lot… Read More →

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 →

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 →

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 →

June is Agricultural Education Month

  Agricultural Science faculty, advisors and graduate assistants are organizing eight workshops to be held this June on the Texas A&M campus. The goal of these workshops is to develop the skills and strategies of agricultural teachers to improve agricultural education for high school students statewide. Hands-on experience and professional development are some of the key benefits teachers will gain through participation in the program. Lesson plans and materials to use in the classroom will be available as well as opportunities to further develop a resume. Teachers are… Read More →

Agricultural Science Majors Become the Teachers in Classrooms Across Texas

By: Patricia Ward After semesters of preparation and hard work, agricultural science majors have transitioned into the final stage of their education before graduation: student-teaching. Placed in campuses all across the state, students are learning what it takes to be a successful agricultural science teacher in today’s classrooms. This spring the ALEC department has 22 student-teachers who will be gaining hands-on experience as teachers in agricultural classrooms. Students have been preparing for this step for years and are now equipped with the tools necessary to complete this final… Read More →

ALEC Faculty Member Named to Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators

By: Patricia Ward Professor and Senior Scientist Gary Briers, Ph.D., was recently recognized as a new member of the Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators. Briers is the first to be named an academy member from the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications. Each year each the universities in the Texas A&M system are eligible to nominate an educator who has made significant contributions in the field of teacher education. The 11 new academy members this year will be recognized at the Chancellor’s Century Council meeting in Austin,… Read More →

New Faculty: Alumni Relations and Development Coordinator

Jenna Kujawski, new Alumni Relations and Development Coordinator, offers a diverse background in communications, marketing, and public relations to the ALEC Department. Kujawski is a member of the 2004 graduating class of Texas A&M and completed her Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education in 2005. Many of her marketing and communications skills developed from her master’s degree, which had an emphasis in Agricultural Communications. Kujawski has used her skill sets to gain seven years of experience as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the College of Human… Read More →

Doc@Distance Students Coming to Texas A&M for Fall Meeting

By: Patricia Ward Career growth does not have to be limited by your location. That is true for students in the Doc@Distance program. Established as the first of its kind in 2000, Doc@Distance is a joint program between Texas A&M’s Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications and Texas Tech’s Department of Agricultural Education and Communications. Doc@Distance provides mid-career professionals from across the country an opportunity to obtain their doctorate degree in agriculture education from a distance. With the joint faculty team, this program brings a unique mixture… Read More →