Nationally-recognized agricultural communications educator Cindy Akers is associate dean for academic and student programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University. She joined the TTU faculty in 1997 and has served in several leadership roles from the superintendent of the National FFA agricultural communications career development event and chair to Tech’s Teaching Academy. Tech’s Teaching Academy has almost 200 members from throughout the university who support, promote and recognize teaching excellence.
A native of Estancia, N.M., Akers earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications, master’s degree in agricultural education and doctorate in curriculum and instruction from TTU. "One of the most important goals for this position is to preserve and enhance the quality of our academic programs and student performance," Akers says. "This can be accomplished by working with our upper administration, alumni, faculty, staff, and students to assess the quality of our teaching and degree programs followed by suggestions for improvement."
Awards for Akers include the Western Region American Association for Agricultural Education Distinguished Teaching (2011), Texas Tech’s Departmental Excellence in Teaching (2005), Texas Tech President’s Excellence in Teaching (2005), Texas Tech Parents Association’s Hemphill-Wells New Professor of Excellence in Teaching (2004) and the Texas Tech Alumni Association Outstanding New Faculty (2004).
Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Texas Tech University, 2000
M.S. in Agricultural Education, Texas Tech University, 1992
B.S. in Interdisciplinary Agriculture with an emphasis in Agricultural Communications, Texas Tech University, 1991