Nationally-recognized agricultural communications educator Cindy Akers is associate dean for Academic and Student Programs with Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. She joined the Texas Tech faculty in 1997 and has served in several leadership roles from 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, New Mexico, Akers earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications, master’s degree in agricultural education and doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Texas Tech University. "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 Award (2011), Texas Tech’s departmental excellence in teaching award (2005), Texas Tech president’s excellence in teaching award (2005), Texas Tech Parents Association’s Hemphill-Wells New Professor of Excellence in Teaching Award (2004), and the Texas Tech Alumni Association Outstanding New Faculty Award (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