Three AECL faculty promoted, reappointed
STILLWATER, Okla. — The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents approved the academic advancement of three faculty from the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership at their recent board meeting.
“Promotions are significant steps in the career of university faculty,” said Dr. Rob Terry AECL department head, “They result from a proven record of success in all areas of the land grant mission and specific duties aligning with a person’s job description.”
Jeff Sallee was promoted from associate professor to professor, Angel Riggs was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure and Quisto Settle was reappointed to assistant professor.
“I am very proud of Drs. Riggs, Sallee and Settle,” Terry said. “Each of them has performed at an exceptionally high level and make a valuable contribution to our department and their disciplinary area.”
Jeff Sallee serves as a professor and extension specialist for Oklahoma State University where he received his bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. Since 1991, Sallee has been dedicated to Extension and 4-H programs in Arkansas, Georgia and Oklahoma. Sallee has an extensive background as a County Extension Agent, Extension Assistant Specialist, and Associate Professor and Extension Specialist. Sallee focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and has been successful at implementing service learning by applying youth voice and inquiry based educational techniques to integrate STEM into the Oklahoma 4-H program. Sallee has proved to be successful at incorporating STEM elements into Oklahoma counties to develop educational projects and demonstrations, including robotics, water conservation, geospatial science, and digital media.
Angel Riggs was promoted to associate professor of agricultural communications with tenure. After earning a master’s degree at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Oklahoma, Dr. Riggs pursued a career writing for daily newspapers. She completed a Ph.D. in agricultural education at Oklahoma State University and currently teaches courses in journalistic writing and reporting, Q methodology, and professional development. Dr. Riggs’ teaching and advising recognitions include the college’s Early Career Teaching Award in 2017. Dr. Riggs is surrounded by the most authentic, patient, and consistent friends and mentors. She loves helping students appreciate and explain others’ experiences. Also, she loves living room piano concerts, a good story, and a little girl who treats as a personal guest every bird, squirrel, and butterfly that dares enter the backyard.
Quisto Settle is an assistant professor of agricultural communications. At the undergraduate level, he teaches Audio and Video Storytelling in Agricultural Communications and Issues Management and Crisis Communications in Agriculture and Natural Resources. At the graduate level, he teaches Risk and Crisis Communication in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and Program Evaluation in Agriculture and Extension. He also serves as faculty advisor for the AECL Graduate Student Association and is a member of the environmental science undergraduate program’s steering committee. His research focuses on organizational branding in agriculture and natural resources. He has 25 peer-reviewed research articles, as well as two peer-reviewed book reviews. He has collaborated on projects that have garnered more than $2.9 million in external funding. He recently finished his term as the chair of the Journal of Applied Communication’s editorial board. He earned a B.S. at Angelo State University in animal science with a minor in journalism, an M.S. from Texas Tech University in agricultural communications, and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in agricultural education and communication. Prior to joining OSU, he was a post-doctoral associate in the Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources, and he was an assistant professor at Mississippi State University, where he started their agricultural communications program.
The OSU Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership in the Ferguson College of Agriculture is dedicated to developing well-rounded agricultural professionals, educators, communicators and leaders through academic, research and extension and outreach efforts. Learn more at aged.okstate.edu.