CASNR’s Akers takes top leadership post in national NARRU organization
By: Norman Martin
Cindy Akers, Texas Tech University College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources' Associate Dean for Academic and Student Programs, was named president of the Non-land-grant Agriculture and Renewable Resources Universities (NARRU) this fall at the annual conference of the professional organization in San Angelo.
NARRU's mission lies in being a unifying force for faculty, students, staff and administrators of agriculture, food and renewable resource programs at NARRU state-funded public colleges and universities.
According to program officials, the group promotes excellence in science-based teaching with hands-on experience in conducting responsive, issue-based research and communicating findings to stakeholders and the general public.
Non-land-grant universities have a successful history of educating and preparing professionals in agriculture, food and renewable resources and many related fields, Akers said. Forty-five percent of the baccalaureate degrees awarded each year in agriculture, food, and renewable resource related majors are from non-land grant institutions in the 13 primary states served by these institutions.
"NARRU is an organization that gives these institutions a unified voice," she said.
Akers, who also serves as a professor in Tech's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, has received numerous educational honors, including being named a Fellow in the American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) in 2017. In addition, she's the past president of the AAAE-Western Region and has served as chair of Texas Tech's Teaching Academy, a group of some 200 members from throughout the university supporting, promoting and recognizing teaching excellence.
Akers, who joined the Texas Tech faculty in 1997, has also received the AAAE-Western Region Distinguished Teaching Award (2011), Texas Tech's Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award (2005), Texas Tech President's Excellence in Teaching Award (2005), Texas Tech Parents Association's Hemphill-Wells New Professor of Excellence in Teaching Award (2004), and the Texas Tech Alumni Association Outstanding New Faculty Award (2004).
A native of Estancia, New Mexico, Akers earned her bachelor's degree in agricultural communications, her master's degree in agricultural education and her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Texas Tech.
CONTACT: Cindy Akers, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Programs, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or email@example.com
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