Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication

Learn     Lead     Serve


TSU Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication will prepare you for a variety of rewarding careers. Students graduating in our Concentration learn valuable leadership, communication, presentation, and education skills that make them a hot commodity on the job market. They are able to lead and help others understand how agricultural and environmental sciences impacts people and how people impact it.

Following are some sample careers students from our degree option have entered.

Agricultural Educator/Teacher, Training and Development Officer, Consultant, Extension Agent, Extension Specialist, Professor, Human Resources Specialist, Agribusiness Manager, Social Scientists, Program Leader/Coordinator, Marketing Specialist, Educational Supervisor, Farm/Ranch Manager, International Agriculture Consultant, Production Agriculture Manager, Sales/service Representative, Wildlife Educator, Museum Educator, Zoo Educator, Natural Resources Officer, Agritourism Manager/Educator, Marketing Communications Manager, District Sales Representatives, Advertising Manager, Reporter, Editor, News Producer, and Account Manager, Program Director

If you want to learn more about our exciting field and the awesome career availability, contact Dr. John Ricketts at



In Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication we place big value on leadership skills. The organizations that hire our students value those leadership skills too! Why not work on becoming the best leader you can be while you are at TSU! TSU has amazing faculty members who conduct research on leadership, write and teach about leadership, and advise our students with building a better leader in mind.

At TSU you can take courses on leadership with our faculty. You can get internships to develop your leadership potential. You can also develop your leadership skills through student organizations like the Collegiate FFA and 4-H club housed in ALEC.

Collegiate FFA and 4-H empowers values-driven students to lead and serve in schools, businesses and communities. The organization seeks to make a positive difference in the lives of members by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.

     Collegiate FFA and 4-H is:

  • Open to all students (no FFA or 4-H experience necessary)
  • A great way to network with people in our industry
  • A service, project based organization
  • A great opportunity to share and build leadership skills
  • A great way to start or extend a career in our concentration area

Contact the president of our club, Eligia Stafford, if you are interested in joining and participating.


assisting_studentsEmployers value graduates who have a record of service almost as much as they value your leadership skills. Our degree option gives you ample opportunities to give back and serve our community. You can serve youth by being a mentor to certain students in 4-H or by assisting FFA members in local high schools as they prepare for Career and Leadership Development Events. The opportunities are endless. Below are some of partners that provide us opportunities to serve.

  • Green Leaf Learning Farm @ Knowledge Quest (Memphis, TN)
  • Metro Nashville Public Schools (Nashville, TN)
    • Glencliff, McGavock, John Overton, Whites Creek, Stratford High Schools
  • Tennessee 4-H
  • Tennessee FFA
  • Farm Credit of Mid-America
  • Tennessee Farm Bureau