The Texas A&M AgriLife Task Forces established in the spring have recently compiled final reports, summarizing recommendations to create or update much-needed policies and procedures in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. I am grateful for all of the thought, time and effort that faculty invested to guide the college through these reports.
We encourage all faculty and staff to review these reports and offer comments over the next 30 days. Your feedback on these important academic initiatives is valuable and ensures that we, together, advance our shared mission and facilitate more transparent policies and procedures across the organization. Comments can be made publicly or anonymously. You may also review the archived Task Force Committee monthly reports. A description of each initiative can be found at the task forces’ dedicated webpage.
Although the College Policies for Graduate Education task force is still in progress, we encourage you to review and offer comment on the other eight reports.
I would like to thank the following faculty members that have served as Dean’s Fellows or Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Fellows for the individual academic task forces:
- Juan Landivar, Ph.D., professor and center director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Centers at Weslaco and Corpus Christi
- AgriLife Research Strategic Plan
- The Thomas Ranch
- Seth Murray, Ph.D., professor and Eugene Butler Endowed Chair for Agricultural Biotechnology, Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Strategic Plan
- College Policies for Graduate Education
- Individualized Major in the College
- Megha Parajulee, Ph.D., professor, faculty fellow and Texas A&M Regents Fellow, Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Entomology, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock
- International Research and Development in AgriLife
- Promotion Guidance for AgriLife Research Faculty
- Robert Strong Jr., Ph.D., associate professor and associate head for graduate programs, Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications
- Promotion Guidance for College Academic Professional Track (APT) Faculty
- Youth Development in AgriLife
Please submit your comments at this website: https://agrilife.tamu.edu/task-force-committees/texas-am-agrilife-task-force-comments by close of business on Monday, Nov. 29.
Look for outcomes of this initiative in an upcoming Vice Chancellor’s Update. For questions about the task forces or the process, please email VCDean@ag.tamu.edu.
Again, thanks to all task force members and fellows for engaging with these initiatives and working to advance the Texas A&M AgriLife mission.
Patrick J. Stover, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor and Dean, Agriculture and Life Sciences
Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research