Strengthening Communication Skills of Agricultural Students

August 15, 2017

Members of the Animal Systems Research Group are collaborating with Drs. Holli Leggette-Archer and Theresa P. Murphrey from the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications at Texas A&M University. Leggette-Archer and Murphrey recently received a Higher Education Challenge grant from the USDA to strengthen communication skills of agricultural students. The goal is to prepare workforce ready graduates and enhance undergraduate communications curricula for students and professionals in the agricultural, natural resources, and food sciences industry.

The quality of instruction in agricultural, natural resources, and food sciences will be strengthened through the development and delivery of seven Reusable Learning Modules (RLMs). The RLMs will be developed and delivered by collaborators at Texas A&M University and Prairie View A&M University to empower and enhance the human capital of agricultural, natural resources, and food sciences majors. The expected impact of the project will be measured using two target objectives: a) Strengthen agricultural, natural resources, and food sciences students’ abilities to apply communication techniques using real-world examples delivered through seven RLMs that can be used in both academic and continuing education settings, and b) Improve agricultural, natural resources, and food sciences faculty teaching resources by providing RLMs and instruction on how to integrate these RLMs into existing curricula.

Gary Newton Ph. D.
Gary Newton Ph. D.
Research Scientist Leader (Animal Systems Research)
(936) 261-5036
grnewton@pvamu.edu