Texas Tech's Courtney Meyers tapped for ACE Research Award of Excellence
A commitment to innovative research that focuses on emerging media has garnered Courtney Meyers, an associate professor of agricultural communications within Texas Tech's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, the Association for Communication Excellence's (ACE) Research Award of Excellence, university officials announced today (Mar. 23).
"It's a very exciting time to be a scholar in agricultural communications," Meyers said. "Online communication technologies are rapidly evolving and their use provides those in agricultural industries with unmediated outlets to share their expertise and perspective."
Her recent research has centered on exploring how social media platforms are being adopted and used to communicate agricultural topics. "I've been able to learn a lot through my research that I incorporate in my classes to help my students understand best practices they will implement as future agricultural communicators."
Meyers' award will officially be presented during a special ceremony in June at the group's annual AEC Conference in Charleston, S.C.
Since joining the Texas Tech faculty in 2008, Meyers has led numerous students in both undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to conducting her research. Her areas of teaching expertise include web design, public relations and social media. She also serves as an adviser for Tech's Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow student organization.
Meyers received her bachelor's degree in agricultural communication and journalism from Kansas State University. Her master's degree in agricultural and extension education is from the University of Arkansas, and her doctorate in agricultural education and communication from the University of Florida.
Recent awards for Meyers include the CASNR Teaching Award (2014); President's Excellence in Teaching Award (2014); Non-Land-Grant Agricultural and Renewable Resources Universities' Young Educator Award (2013); Texas Tech's Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center's Spotlight Award (2013); CASNR Junior Faculty Member Award (2013) and the ACE Academic Programs Award of Excellence (2013).
According to program officials, Durham, NH-based ACE is an international association of communicators, educators and information technologists. The organization offers professional development and networking for individuals who extend knowledge about agriculture, natural resources, and life and human sciences.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Steven Fraze, Chair, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2816 or firstname.lastname@example.org