NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Texas Tech University, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications

Texas Tech University's doctoral program in agricultural communications and education provides an opportunity for advance study in the human dimensions of agriculture (agricultural communications, agricultural education, & agricultural leadership) to meet the growing demand for college and university faculty who can provide instruction in more than one dimension.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 107


Areas of Study

  • Agricultural Communications
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Leadership


URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #169 of 300 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • GRE Score
  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of Interest
  • 3 Reference Letters
  • Departmental Questionnaire

Graduate Faculty

  • Professor Cindy Akers, Ed.D., Texas Tech University
  • Associate Professor Amy Boren-Alpizar, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Professor Todd Brashears, Ed.D., Texas Tech University
  • Professor Scott Burris, Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • Professor David Doerfert, Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • Assistant Professor Courtney Gibson, Ph.D., Texas Tech University
  • Assistant Professor Jason Headrick, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Professor Erica Irlbeck, Ed.D., Texas Tech University
  • Assistant Professor of Practice, Lindsay Kennedy, Ph.D., Texas Tech University
  • Professor David Lawver, Ed.D., Mississippi State University
  • Professor Courtney Meyers, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Associate Professor John Rayfield, Ph.D., Texas Tech University
  • Associate Professor Rudy Ritz, Ed.D., Texas Tech University