NACTA Updates and Information: January 2010
In This Issue:
- 2010 Calendar
- Membership Renewal Time
- NACTA Judging Conference
- NACTA/SERD 2010 Call for Abstracts
- 2010 NACTA Conference and Awards
- NACTA International Committee Survey Request
- Opportunities to Submit to the NACTA Journal
- Book Reviews
- Subject Matter Experts Needed
- New NACTA Website
- NEW FEATURE: Writing for the NACTA Journal - Tips
- Position Announcements (Listings from the NACTA Website)
- New Listings:
- Master’s Level Assistantship Opportunities in Environmental Education and Leadership at The University of Georgia
- Rodale Institute seeks Director of Research
- Kansas State University, College of Agriculture, Assistant Dean
- February 9 - 11, World Ag Expo, International Agri-Center, Tulare, CA, http://www.worldagexpo.com/index.htm
- March 14 - 20, National Ag Week, http://www.agday.org/
- March 17 - 20, National PAS Conference, St. Louis, http://www.nationalpas.org/conference/index.html
- April 15 - 17, NACTA Judging Conference, Redlands Community College, El Reno, OK
- June 22 - 25, NACTA/SERD Annual Conference at Pennsylvania State University, agsci.psu.edu/nacta
- August 2 - 4, AgCareers.com HR Roundtable in Minnetonka, MN, www.agcareers.com
If you have items for the calendar that are of interest to the members of NACTA, please email them to either the editor or the secretary.
Membership Renewal Time
It’s time to renew your NACTA membership for 2010. Help NACTA grow. Remember that you could double the membership of NACTA if you encouraged one associate to join at the time you renew your membership. Membership forms can be found on the website under "News-Discover ways you can help NACTA grow." Make a copy of the form and encourage someone else to join!
NACTA Judging Conference
The annual NACTA Judging Conference is being hosted at Redlands Community College in El Reno, OK, April 15-17, 2010. The contest that will be hosted includes: Ag Business Management, Computer Applications, Crops, Dairy, Horse Judging, Livestock, Quiz Bowl, and Soils.
For registration questions:
COE Conference Facilitator
For general questions:
For complete details go to the NACTA Judging Conference website.
NACTA/SERD 2010 Call for Abstracts
The 2010 NACTA conference will be held at Penn State University, June 22 – 25. This conference will be a joint meeting with National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Science and Education Resources Development (SERD) unit. The theme for the 2010 NACTA/SERD Conference is “Collaborate, Communicate, Celebrate.”
Accepted abstracts that address the theme will be given first priority for oral presentations. This year we can schedule approximately 80 oral presentations and 84 poster presentations. Authors will be given the option to request oral presentation, but it will be up to the host committee to select the 84 oral presentations from those who requested oral presentation format. All others will be poster presentations.
All abstracts must be submitted at this website: http://abstracts.nacta.expressacademic.org/login.php
Deadline: March 20, 2010. The author submitting the abstract will be notified of its status within three weeks of its submission.
2010 NACTA Conference and Awards
Now is the time to start planning for the 2010 NACTA Conference June 22 – 25 at Pennsylvania
NACTA offers many awards that recognize excellence in the scholarship of teaching and learning. The NACTA Teaching Awards Nomination processes are now on the new http://www.NACTAteachers.org website. The Award nomination process needs to be completed by March 1, 2010 for an individual to receive an award at the Penn State Conference in June.
You can view and download photos taken at the 2009 NACTA/SERD Conference at this URL: http://picasaweb.google.com/nactaeditor .This website contains a number of photos from past NACTA conferences. Also you can find examples of posters from past NACTA Conferences.
Watch the PSU website for more details: http://agsci.psu.edu/nacta
NACTA International Committee Survey Request
The International Committee - Dr Phil Hamilton - is reopening the survey. Please complete as much as possible and do not worry about what you are not able to answer. All information collected should help out those of us who are trying to create a better globalization environment on our campuses. If you have already completed the survey then you do not need to complete the survey again
The 21st Century is bringing many changes, including globalization of markets, economies, and even higher education. Members of NACTA will be better prepared to embrace the advantages of globalizing their own institutions by sharing with their colleagues across the country the types of international involvement that is occurring on other campuses.
NACTA’s International Committee is asking that you complete the survey on how your institution is currently globalized. By comparing our programs with peer institutions across the country, proven ideas can be replicated and collaborations occur as we discover new globalization possibilities. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete and can be accessed at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=A5AMZmaBweFZNP8nbFPmFg_3d_3d
Opportunities to Submit to the NACTA Journal
You can help make the NACTA Journal better by taking advantage of the many opportunities to submit. The NACTA on Campus section is always looking to recognize members of NACTA or the institutions of NACTA that have achieved something notable. Submit these items directly to the Editor.
Teaching Tips/Notes are welcome. These are short articles of 500 to 1500 words that provide some insight into teaching help to others. These are not reviewed and the turnaround can be rather quick. Teaching Tips/Notes are submitted through the FastTrack system (http://expressacademic.org/~nacta/login.php) with a note indicating “Teaching Tip/Note.”
Books Available to Review
Currently, the NACTA Journal Editor has the following book available for review:
- William H. Miner: the Man and the Myth, (2009) by Joseph C. Burke, Langdon Street Press
If you are willing to review this book send an email to
Subject Matter Experts Needed
New NACTA Website
NEW FEATURE: Writing for the NACTA Journal - Tips
This section of the E-newsletter will feature helpful tips on preparing a manuscript for the NACTA Journal. All of the information featured here is available in the "Instructions for NACTA Authors" which can be downloaded from the NACTA website.
After reviewing several hundred manuscripts here are the most common faults found by the editor:
- Wordiness (It should be noted that; It is recommended that; It is noteworthy that; etc.). Careful condensing of a manuscript makes the reading more enjoyable and the comprehension better. (Concise writing is time consuming. Mark Twain said: “I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”)
- Inconsistency in format; for example author starts by using the word "percent" after a number and then midway through the paper the begins using %. (According to the "Instructions for NACTA Authors" the symbol [%] should be used when associated with a number that does not begin a sentence.)
- Citation format for more than two authors. This should be the first author's last name followed by et al., and the year. Like this: Gough et al., 2009
Here are the listings currently on the website:
Master’s Level Assistantship Opportunities in Environmental Education and Leadership at The University of Georgia
The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication at the University of Georgia is pleased to announce the availability of two Master’s level assistantships beginning July, 2010. The successful candidates will…
ü Work with faculty to develop and co-teach an undergraduate course, Communication and Leadership in Practice, designed to serve as an outdoor-based compliment to traditional classroom-based public speaking courses.
ü Collaborate with other graduate students in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech to develop communication and leadership skills in undergraduate students majoring in the natural resources.
ü Teach urban high school students from Washington, DC and Atlanta, GA through outdoor field-based data collection experiences (travel provided).
ü Assist in the preparation of a recruitment video showcasing natural resource and agricultural communication majors.
Please send a current resume, the contact information for three professional references, and a 2-page (double-spaced) personal statement describing your experience with (a) teaching, (b) working with high school youth, and (c) video technology to:
Dr. Nick Fuhrman
Dept. of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication
University of Georgia
116 Four Towers Building
Athens, Georgia 30602
Rodale Institute seeks Director of Research
The Rodale Institute, founded by organic agriculture pioneer J.I.Rodale, is a non-profit organization dedicated to regenerative organic agriculture research and outreach to farmers, policymakers, and the general public. The Institute is based on a 333-acre farm in Kutztown, PA. Research is centered on the Farming Systems Trial(r), founded in 1981, an ongoing comparison of organic versus conventional farming.
Additional on-site projects include weed and fertility management in standard till and no-till organic vegetable and grain crop production, integrated livestock systems, biocontrol of black cutworm, long-term mycorrhizal exclusion plots, and a constructed wetlands project.
Additionally, an off-site organic agriculture research and development project in South Africa is planned to begin in 2010.
The Institute seeks a PhD-level scientist with ecological, soil-focused training to direct institutional research. The position is a scientific leadership role requiring dedication to scientific process, organizational and management duties necessary to run a comprehensive research department.
This is a great opportunity for the research director to build and grow a research team, which currently includes three other researchers and several seasonal field technicians.
Application deadline: Feb. 5, 2010.
The Academic Programs Office in the College of Agriculture is seeking to fill a full-time assistant dean position with responsibilities that include the development and coordination of student recruitment strategy and activities and providing leadership to the college marketing efforts, coordinating new student orientation and enrollment, teaching general agriculture courses and courses related to the Honors and Scholars programs, coordinating community college transfer course evaluation, managing the reinstatement process and Academic Standards committee, advising Ag Ambassadors, coordinating the Ag Alumni Ag Backers program, advising general agriculture students, helping to create an environment that fosters diversity and inclusiveness in the college and assisting with College of Agriculture Academic Program activities. The individual must possess B.S. and M.S. degrees with at least one degree in an agricultural field, excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to multi-task, a minimum of two years of successful experience in providing college student services, proven record in student recruitment activities, a team attitude, a commitment to enhancing the diversity of the college, the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and commitment to the mission and goals of the College of Agriculture.
Candidates should provide letter of application, a current resume or vita, and the contact information for three work-related references. Review of applications will begin February 22, 2010 and will continue until a successful candidate is identified. Anticipated starting date is June 1, 2010.