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Agricultural Economics at TAMU: Shared Vision and Administrative Philosophy Mark Waller Prof. and Assoc. Dept. Head - Extension May 24, 2012. Outline. Texas A&M and the Land Grant Mission, and Department of Agricultural Economics Vision and Recent Reviews

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Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

Agricultural Economics at TAMU: Shared Vision and Administrative Philosophy

Mark Waller

Prof. and Assoc. Dept. Head - Extension

May 24, 2012


Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

Outline

  • Texas A&M and the Land Grant Mission, and Department of Agricultural Economics

  • Vision and Recent Reviews

  • Vision and Administrative Philosophy

  • Funding and our Future

  • My Qualifications


Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

Texas A&M, the Land Grant Mission, and Department of Agricultural Economics

  • Purpose of the land grant system

    • In 1862, passage of the Morrill Act laid the groundwork for the democratization of public higher education

    • Grew out of our industrialized societies’ increasingly complex problems, deficiencies and demands

    • As critically important today as it has ever been

  • Major sponsoring legislation

    • Morrill Act (Teaching)

    • Hatch Act (Research)

    • Smith Lever Act (Extension)


Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

Texas A&M, the Land Grant Mission, and Department of Agricultural Economics


Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

Texas A&M, the Land Grant Mission, and Department of Agricultural Economics

  • Mission of the land grant system

    • In 1862, passage of the Morrill Act laid the groundwork for the democratization of public higher education

    • Grew out of our industrialized societies’ increasingly complex problems, deficiencies and demands

    • As critically important today as it has ever been

  • Major sponsoring legislation

    • Morrill Act (Teaching)

    • Hatch Act (Research)

    • Smith Lever Act (Extension)


Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

Texas A&M, the Land Grant Mission, and Department of Agricultural Economics

  • The University’s mission of excellence

    • Vision 2020: Creating a Culture of Excellence-Serving the Public Good

      • Be one of the 10 best public universities in the nation by 2020

      • Be an invaluable resource to the state, nation and the world

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 2010-2015 Strategic Plan

    • Elevate our faculty (teaching, research, scholarship)

    • Strengthen graduate programs

    • Enhance the undergraduate experience

    • Build engaging connections beyond the University


Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

Texas A&M, the Land Grant Mission, and Department of Agricultural Economics

  • Department of Agricultural Economics

    • The department’s stated vision, mission, and goals are well aligned with the land-grant mission

    • Desire to attain a top 10 ranking matches well with the universities vision

      • We question how good we are

    • We are good, but there is room for improvement

      • How do we measure our relative position and progress

      • We may be better than we think we are

  • We, as a department, must decide what we want to be in the future

    • Our Department and our profession’s history would suggest this is not uncommon


Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

Vision and Recent Reviews

  • We have a large undergraduate program

    • Nationally recognized for its size and quality

    • Strong agricultural economics and agribusiness degrees

    • Nationally recognized teaching faculty

      • Many classes taught by faculty

    • Highly regarded advising program

    • Clubs, competition, travel and study abroad opportunities

  • Things to consider

    • Can we maintain quality at this size

    • Graduate student teaching opportunities

    • Targeted opportunities such as Action 2015: Education First

      • High Impact Learning

      • Advising Support


Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

Vision and Recent Reviews

  • We have a large graduate program

    • Nationally recognized for its size at the MS and PhD levels

    • Strong agricultural economics and agribusiness Masters degrees

    • Nationally recognized Graduate faculty

  • Things to consider

    • Can we have the quality we want at this size

    • Graduate student advising, funding, publication output, job placement, and degree completion times


Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

Vision and Recent Reviews

  • The department is considered strong overall

    • One of the larger agricultural economics departments in the US

    • Highly respected senior faculty, promising junior faculty

    • Relationship with the business school, Intercollegiate Faculty of Agribusiness

    • Strong undergraduate and masters programs

    • Nationally respected Extension program

  • Things to consider

    • Funding challenges

    • Current and future faculty turnover

    • PhD program issues

    • Department’s future direction and priorities


Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

Vision and Administrative Philosophy

  • Leadership through service to faculty, staff, students, and clientele to achieve the stated vision and priorities of the Department, College, Agencies, and University community

  • Encourage input from faculty, staff, and students about a shared vision, goals and process for achieving them

  • Build a professional that is environment conducive to teamwork and respect, where all stakeholders can be heard, and their opinions and contributions are valued

    • Everybody matters (Faculty, Staff, Students)


Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

Vision and Administrative Philosophy

  • Build a reputation and expectation of clear communication, transparency, consistency, and equity across the department

  • Advocate for the department across the University, the agricultural economics profession, the former students, extension clientele, and commodity and industry leaders

    • We should not keep our good work and outcomes a secret!!

      • Submission and recognitions of Awards for faculty, former students, etc.

      • Reports to administration, press releases, etc.


Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

Vision and Administrative Philosophy

  • We have an effective administrative and committee structure that can be used to delegate duties

    • A department this large requires delegation of duties

    • A-Team (Associate Department Heads, leader of research, chair of intercollegiate faculty)

    • System of approximately 21 committees

      • Continue rotation of personnel on committees to share duties/opportunities

      • Some restructuring may be needed


Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

Vision and Administrative Philosophy

  • We hire top quality professional faculty that need to be given a degree of flexibility in research, teaching, and extension program development

    • Departmental needs must be covered

      • Teaching assignments

      • Extension and research programmatic areas

    • Flexibility is needed for faculty to develop their full potential and build on their strengths


Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

Funding and Our Future

  • The Department has a strong history of Centers providing a focus for Research/Extension and industry interactions

    • Mission and focus of Centers continues to evolve with changing departmental and clientele needs

    • Changing structure of funding

    • Importance to the graduate program

      • Research experience, industry contacts, publication opportunities


Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

Funding and Our Future

  • Endowed Chairs

    • Can we expand the number in our Department

    • Learn from our past attempts, and from other successful Departments and Universities

    • Is there an incentive system that might help


Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

Funding and Our Future

  • The need for external funding will continue to increase as traditional sources remain flat or decline in the near future

    • Need increased cooperation across the department’s faculty and with interdisciplinary and multi institution groups, to pursue larger multi-year grants such as NIFA/AFRI

    • Help faculty to develop/increase longer-term funding relationships with industry, commodity organizations, and other entities that need analytical services

    • Maintain contact and relationships with former students and clientele through various forms of communication, recognition/award opportunities, and other activities

    • Work with the Development Foundation to build a network of former students, clientele, former faculty, and other potential donors


Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

My Qualifications

  • Over 17 years as Extension Economist-Grain Marketing and Policy

    • Participation in development of award-winning Extension programs

      • Teamwork, and commitment required to build high-quality enduring programs

      • Secure grants and contracts, and build industry relationships

      • Evaluation of programs and report results to funders, administrators, legislators


Agricultural economics at tamu shared vision and administrative philosophy mark waller

My Qualifications

  • Over 7 years as Associate Department Head-Extension

    • Served as a member of the department’s Administrative Team

    • Provided administrative supervision for the Agricultural Economics Extension Program Unit, with oversight and approval of the Department Head

      • Prioritizing positions/hires

      • Management of the Extension budget

      • Oversight of grant and contract activity within the Extension unit

      • Conduct annual performance evaluations of professorial rank Extension faculty with the Department Head

      • Conduct on annual performance evaluations of Program Specialists and selected staff

  • Coordination of monthly and annual planning conferences

  • Coordination/oversight of monthly reporting, quarterly highlights reporting, Extension Strategic Plan revision and reporting

  • Participate with the Department Head in the department’s annual review with the Dean and Directors


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