AEC’s Irlbeck completes LEAD21 leadership-development program
By: Norman Martin
Erica Irlbeck, an associate professor of agricultural communications within Texas Tech's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, was one of 90 individuals completing the national LEAD21 leadership-development program today (Feb. 21) in Washington, D.C.
LEAD21, short for Leadership for the 21st Century, is a development program for faculty, specialists, program and team leaders, research station and center directors, district and regional directors, department heads, chairs and others in leadership positions in universities' colleges of agricultural, environmental and human sciences, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
"LEAD21 was a very transformative and rewarding experience," Irlbeck said. "I am proud to be part of this program and look forward to the various ways I can contribute to CASNR and Texas Tech in the future."
One of the goals of the LEAD21 program is to enhance application of skills and knowledge in five core competencies: developing self and others, leading with integrity and values, resolving conflict, fostering collaboration and managing change, said Rochelle Sapp, LEAD21 Program Director with the University of Georgia Office of Learning and Organizational Development. It also focuses on four secondary areas: communicating effectively, valuing diversity, developing a deeper knowledge and appreciation of higher education, and developing and managing resources.
The graduation was held at the culmination of the third in-person session, where the focus was on organizational leadership through collaboration, communication and leading change, Sapp said.
Since joining the Tech's faculty in 2009, Irlbeck has taught students in video production in agriculture, agricultural communications campaigns and professional development. Her research interests include risk and crisis communications, agriculture in television media and agricultural communications campaigns.
Earlier this semester Irlbeck received a Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award, one of the highest faculty honors in Texas Tech University System. Other recent honors for Irlbeck include the Texas Tech University President's Excellence in Teaching Award (2018); Association for Communications Excellence Award of Excellence-Academic Programs Learning Community (2016); and the Non-Land-Grant Agricultural and Renewable Resources Universities' Young Educator Award (2015).
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