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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

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!


Defining futures for agricultural economics

Thanks for Your Attention!

Questions?


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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