Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications

Where your major makes an impact: Equipping the next generation of educators, leaders, and communicators through agriculture.

Our faculty are highly rated for their teaching, research, and outreach programs in teacher education, Extension education, leadership development, internationalization of curriculum and agriculture, distance education, and organizational and community change.

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Our department offers bachelor's and master's degrees leading to exciting careers in the field of communications, education, or leadership.
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Online Degree Programs
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Our online bachelor's and master's degree programs gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace in your own space.
Faculty and Staff
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Our faculty and staff are dedicated to developing leaders in our field and advancing research. Learn more about who they are.
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Learn about the course offerings in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications.
International Programs
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Study abroad advising is available for all students looking to explore study abroad options, apply to specific programs, identify scholarships, prepare for travel, etc.

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Explore projects and find resources in our research lab.

What is Happening in ALEC?

Opportunities and Internships

The University of Tennessee Extension seeks candidates to fill the Extension Volunteerism Specialist position. The Volunteer Specialist will provide leadership in building system capacity within the University of Tennessee Extension to effectively engage and support volunteers. The Specialist will conduct, facilitate, and disseminate research related to emerging and contemporary issues affecting volunteerism and volunteer management. Collaborating with specialists and agents, the Specialist will develop and implement strategies to attract, develop, and retain an appropriately diverse group of volunteers who will be demographically reflective of the communities they serve. By developing effective partnerships with subject matter specialists, the Specialist will increase the number and variety of volunteer opportunities within UT Extension thus expanding the reach and visibility of UT Extension programs.

Full posting and information

The UTIA Marketing and Communications department is interested in hosting internships for ALEC students interested in magazine or general journalism. They are in particular need of help with writing, editing, and research for UTIA’s flagship magazine, Land, Life & Science.

These internships are unpaid, but offer a tailored experience to fit your specific needs and interests, and give you a wonderful opportunity to grow. You may also be able to use this opportunity as internship credit for ALEC 492. If you are interested in an internship with Marketing and Communications please email