AEC’s John Rayfield honored as 2021 Texas Tech Integrated Scholar
By: Norman Martin
John Rayfield, an Associate Professor in Texas Tech University's Department of Agricultural Education & Communications, has been named a “2021 Integrated Scholar” by the university. Rayfield is one of 11 faculty members from across the faculty to receive the prestigious annual honor.
Program officials note that an integrated scholar is a Texas Tech faculty member who demonstrates significant accomplishments and effective synergy among the major professorial functions of teaching, research and service.
“Each of these faculty members has infused the results of their scholarship and creative activity into the learning experiences they provide to students and their service and engagement activities,” said Texas Tech Provost and Senior Vice President Michael Galyean.
Rayfield's research interests focus on the field of experiential learning where he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on experiential learning practice and theory. He has authored or co-authored 44 refereed journal articles. He was recognized last year for his academic scholarship when his research study was selected as the ‘Outstanding Journal Article for 2019' by the American Association for Agricultural Education's Journal of Agricultural Education.
Other honors include the CASNR Student Advising Award (2019); 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).
Prior to joining Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources faculty in 2016, Rayfield served as an assistant and associate professor with Texas A&M University's Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications. The Alabama native 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.
Texas Tech faculty members who have long ties to CASNR and are Integrated Scholars include:
Chuck West (2020), Emeritus Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Science
Ryan Williams (2019) Associate Professor of Economic and Public Policy, Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine
Courtney Meyers (2018), Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications
Noureddine Abidi (2017), Leidigh Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Science; Managing Director, Texas Tech's Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute
Darren Hudson (2017), Professor and Combest Endowed Chair in Agricultural Competitiveness, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Scott Burris (2016), Professor and Associate Department Chair, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications
Peter Dotray (2015), Rockwell Chair of Weed Science, Department of Plant and Soil Science; Joint Appointment with Texas A&M Agrilife Research & Extension Service
Guy Loneragan (2012), Professor and Dean, Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine
Cindy Akers (2011), Professor and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Programs, College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Mindy Brashears (2009), Professor of Food Microbiology and Food Safety, Department of Animal and Food Sciences
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 firstname.lastname@example.org