Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication

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You have found the homepage for Tennessee State University's Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC) programs.  Our programs are housed in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences, but we also work closely with other programs on campus to offer you a degree that moves you to the front of the line for good paying, high demand jobs in our industry.

In addition to receiving a quality education, you will be part of a family-like atmosphere in ALEC. You will attend many classes together with other ALEC students at the university. Faculty members in ALEC use student-centered approaches to show you how to successfully function in today's fast-paced, technologically advanced job market. Our instructors know their students and are available to help them with class projects, advising and job applications. Support like this helps make the transition to campus life at TSU an easy one. You are our priority. 

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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
  • Account Manager
  • and 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


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 the partners that provide us opportunities to serve.

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



This year we expect 4 Agricultural Education masters students to graduate. We are proud of each of these students and their hard work.

  • Mollie Gore (BS, Tennessee Tech), Non-Thesis
  • Jenna Jones (BS, Delaware State), Thesis: Agricultural Literacy Impacts of an Educational Experience with the Tennessee State University Mobile Agriculture Classroom and Lab among Urban Youth
  • Mathew Smith (BS, TSU), Thesis: Academic Impacts of CASE Courses taught by Master CASE Instructors
  • Lillian Baird (BS, Murray State), Non-Thesis

We are also proud of Ms. Shasta Charlton, who is rocking student teaching at McGavock High School this semester. Shasta transferred to us from Nashville State Community College.