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Defining Futures for Agricultural Economics. Parr Rosson Professor/Extension Economist Director, Center for North American Studies Department of Agricultural Economics Texas A&M University. The Mission. “Accessible, Practical Education for the Public Good”. Research. Extension.

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Defining Futures for Agricultural Economics

Parr Rosson

Professor/Extension Economist

Director, Center for North American Studies

Department of Agricultural Economics

Texas A&M University

the mission
The Mission

“Accessible, Practical Education for the Public Good”

Research

Extension

Teaching

Under Assault, But Highly Relevant Today

the setting
The Setting
  • We Have a Strong Department
  • Increasing Demands on the Unit
  • Faculty Departures
  • Shrinking Budgets & Continued Uncertainty
challenges
Challenges
  • Maintaining Program Excellence
  • Achieving Excellence in Others
  • Meeting Changing Needs of Constituents
  • Filling Current & Expected Faculty Vacancies
  • Expanding Our Resource Base
alternative futures or visions
Alternative Futures or Visions
  • Consistent Top 10 Department of Agricultural Economics?
  • A Nationally Prominent Department of Agricultural Economics?
  • The Status Quo?
  • The Nationally Prominent Department of Agricultural Economics?
administrative approach
Administrative Approach
  • Vision Led & Mission Oriented
  • Emphasize Teamwork & Mentoring
  • Participatory, Soliciting Input & Feedback
  • Informed, Deliberate & Decisive
  • Build Synergies from Diversity
why is synergy important
Why is Synergy Important?
  • Work Together So that Output of the Unit is Greater than the Sum of Working Separately
  • Diversity of the Department is a Major Strength!
    • Large Number of Sub-Disciplines
    • Large Number of Faculty
    • Wide Geographic Dispersion Across the State
building synergies
Building Synergies
  • Shared Vision
  • Set Priorities
  • Appreciate What Each Other Does
  • Work Together for a Common Purpose

Excellence in All We Do!

common theme across teaching research extension
Common Theme Across Teaching, Research & Extension
  • Create New Knowledge
  • Validated by Peers
  • Extended to the Public

Increase Scholarship!

incentives rewards
Incentives & Rewards
  • Incentives
    • Salary Enhancement & Incentive Programs
    • Overload Pay
    • Salary Supplements
  • Rewards
    • Agency/College/University
    • Professional Associations
    • Stakeholder Groups
    • Salary
considerations for a development plan
Considerations for a Development Plan
  • Focus on Our Common Purpose & Priorities
  • Faculty Buy-In is Critical to Success
  • Solicit Input from Stakeholders
    • Forming Coalitions Important
  • Develop a Comprehensive Plan
  • Be Bold in Implementing the Plan!
development strategy three pronged approach
Development StrategyThree Pronged Approach

Individual

Opportunities

Multi-State/

Regional

TAMU/COALS

New Initiatives

Entrepreneural

Program Focused

Interdisciplinary

Coordinated

considerations for focus of development efforts
Considerations for Focus of Development Efforts

Program Enhancement

New/Emerging Programs

Global Energy

Infrastructure & Transportation

Food Systems & Food Security in Latin America

  • Commodity & Financial Policy
  • Environment & Climate
  • Food Safety & Health Economics
final thoughts
Final Thoughts
  • Capture the Synergies
  • Achieve Excellence through Scholarship
  • Focus on the Mission
  • National Prominence!
recommendations of external review team
Recommendations of External Review Team
  • Need a Common Vision & Mission to Set Priorities & Allocate Resources
  • Align Budget Requests with Priorities
  • Consider Resources Relative to Academic Demands
  • Target Advanced Assistant &Associate Profs for New Hires in Teaching Program
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