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.
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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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The Smith Center for International Sustainable Agriculture advances the international engagement of the UT Institute of Agriculture.

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Explore projects and find resources in our research lab.

Opportunities and Internships

The Knox/Union County Cattlemen’s Association may award up to two (2) college scholarships of $1000 each to outstanding students who have interest in the beef industry.  The fields of study are not limited to agriculture or related pursuits.  We seek to support and encourage students who have grown up in the agricultural community, who have interest in supporting the agricultural interests in their careers, and who have linkages to the Knox and Union County communities.

Students may be in any degree path and may be undergraduate or graduate as long as they can demonstrate a desire to support the agricultural and livestock industries. For example, teachers, doctors, business leaders, lawyers, journalists, engineers, craftspersons  . . .  all are important professions that support the agricultural industry.

Deadline for applications is May 31. Application materials include: a letter of application, a 1000 word essay, and three (3) letters of recommendation. For full details and how to apply click here to view the application.

8-week internships available. Click here for full details.

The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine seeks a current student to assist in developing and implementing a communications plan for CVM alumni and grateful clients with a focus on digital and social media.  An emphasis will be on updating and leveraging our webpage and social media, and implementing LinkedIn and other platforms to encourage contact with our alumni.

The position would require research into our philanthropic gifts to better steward and recognize donors, organize funds and associated gift agreements to ensure the master list is accurate and current, and develop a strong understanding of donors and funds within the college.

Hours are flexible.  Pay is $9.00 per hour.

Contact:        Kippy Todd

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

Are you looking to take on a new challenge? Apply for the Integrated Marketing and Communications Internship at J.A. Fielden. In this summer internship, you will generate communication content, help J.A. Fielden develop an online brand, and ensure their communication materials match a consistent brand. Apply on Handshake by April 16th, 2021!

Are you interested in a summer of service? Check out the CAC AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates Program. There are several positions open at the following locations: Big Brothers Big Sisters, CAC Summer Feeding Program and Wesley House Community Center. Find out more information on Handshake!

UT Teaching and Learning Innovation is hiring a communications and marketing graduate research assistant for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applications are due by April 26. Learn more and apply at: