Dr. Robert Torres, head of the head of the Department of Agricultural Education at University of Arizona met with Dr. Marek Wosinski and Osee Romeo Njacheun to discuss potential for collaboration with UCP-SARnet . Dr. Torres is also the Neely Family Endowed Professor for Excellence in Agriculture and Life Sciences. He started with the University of Arizona in June 2010. r. Torres was the Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Agricultural Education at the University of Missouri. He spent nine years as a teacher educator at New Mexico State University as well as a high school agricultural education teacher in Willcox, Arizona. He has earned multiple awards for teaching such as the USDA Excellence in College and University Teaching and the Missouri University William T. Kemper Fellow in Teaching.
The primary mission of the Department of Agricultural Education is serving a diverse population through teaching, application, integration, and discovery in agriculture, education, and applied science and technology leading to successful careers in Agricultural Education and related businesses and industries. Currently the Department opened new major Agricultural Leadership and Communication that prepares students to become effective leaders, ambassadors, and/or advocates for the agricultural industry at local, state, national and international levels. Students pursue a course of study that is multidisciplinary providing them with a strong foundation in the agricultural sciences and natural resources, as well as transferable skills in leadership and communication. In addition to completing general education requirements, the option allows students to enroll in a breadth of coursework in technical agriculture areas such as agricultural mechanics, agricultural resources and economics, animal science, entomology, plant and soil sciences. Concurrently, students complete professional course work in areas of leadership and communication, as a focus.
On behalf of the Department Dr. Torres expressed sincere interest in further collaboration, especially in the planned development of the Water University.