Rayfield joins Department of Agricultural Education and Communications
John Rayfield has been named an associate professor in Texas Tech's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, according to officials with the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He officially stepped into his new teaching and research post on June 1.
The Alabama native indicated he is interested in continuing his research efforts in experiential and project based learning.
One of his primary goals at Tech is to serve the Agricultural Education and Communications Department in the area of agricultural teacher education to help alleviate the agricultural education teacher shortage in Texas and nationally.
Prior to joining the Tech faculty, Rayfield served as an assistant and associate professor with the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications at Texas A&M University. He also worked as an assistant professor with the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education at North Carolina State University.
Earlier he served as a graduate teaching assistant at Texas Tech, and an agricultural education instructor at Lee County High School in Leesburg, Georgia, and Worth County Middle School in Sylvester, Georgia. In addition, Rayfield worked as a county extension agent with the Turner County Extension Service in Ashburn, Georgia.
Rayfield received his bachelor's degree in agricultural education from Auburn University, and his master's degree in agricultural education from the University of Georgia- Athens. His doctorate in agricultural education is from Texas Tech.
Recent awards include the Southern Region American Association for Agricultural Education's Distinguished Research Award (2016); TAMU Association of Formers Students Distinguished Teaching Award (2015); Southern Region American Association for Agricultural Education's Outstanding Young Agricultural Educator (2013); Honorary American FFA Degree (2013); and Honorary Lifetime Member - Texas Junior Livestock Association (2011).
Rayfield is a member of the American Association for Agricultural Education, Association of Career and Technical Education Research, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas, and Gamma Sigma Delta Agriculture Honor Society.
Written by Norman Martin
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