Applied Economics Teaching Resources

an AAEA Journal

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

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Pre-conference Workshop (PC15)

Attendees Will Be Required to Bring Their Own Laptops

Goal and Scope: Announcing the first AAEA Teaching Academy to enhance teaching in our profession.The goal is to provide consistent efforts across our discipline to offer dedicated teacher training and mentoring of teacher development for students and early career professionals. The academy is designed to benefit all members of our profession, including graduate students, early career professionals, faculty, and others. A significant effort is being put forth to engage diverse audiences from minority serving institutions and primary teaching institutions, in order to elevate diversity, equity, and inclusion in our classrooms and our profession.

The academy is designed to meet three goals:

  1. Support graduate student and early career professional development in agricultural and applied economics and agribusiness disciplines through creation of teaching and mentorship resources, activities, and programming;
  2. Engage diverse and inclusive outreach, invitations, and service to academics in minority serving institutions; and
  3. Provide forums for members to participate in teaching and learning communities throughout the year. The academy will provide a hands-on training and a tool kit that participants can use in their classrooms.

We plan to provide all primary teaching sessions and materials online at a dedicated website hosted by AETR ( to establish a robust repository for teaching excellence and scholarship of teaching and learning, which “brings the AETR Journal to life” through the digitized media and the AAEA Teaching Academy.

What will I get from participating in the academy?  The academy will provide inclusive, innovative, effective, and evidence-based pedagogy, teaching methods, and learning tools to enhance classroom experiences. By participating in the academy, individuals will also build mentoring and networking relationships among education programs in the agricultural and applied economics, and agribusiness management profession. In the 1-day workshop, the academy will provide hands-on training and guidance on active and collaborative learning in the classroom; actual implementable games and activities for the classroom (e.g. interactive and inclusive syllabi, icebreaker activities, classroom games, building communities in online classes, amongst others); building a lesson plan for your class; and a panel on diverse teaching careers and career advancement in teaching. In addition, the academy cohort, and others who wish to participate, will be involved in activities outside of the academy during the next academy year, including webinars, teaching discussions, trainings, and mentoring activities. We will also pair participants with a teaching mentor in the profession for additional activities during the 2024/2025 academic year.

Where do I register for the academy workshop? You can register for the Academy while adding a Pre-conference workshop to your 2024 AAEA Annual Meeting Registration.

What is the cost of the academy? The cost of attending the academy is $25 for graduate students and $55 for all other faculty and professionals. Meals (continental breakfast and lunch) are included in the cost of attendance.

We are offering up to 20 travel grants (up to $1000 per grant) to help participants attend the 2024 AAEA Annual Meeting and the academy Pre-conference Workshop, and the activities for the following academic year. The travel grant will help cover travel to the 2024 AAEA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, 2024 AAEA Annual Meeting Registration, and hotel costs up to $1000 per participant (*Required to stay at the Annual Meeting Hotel - New Orleans Marriott). All travel grant recipients will receive reimbursement for the costs of attending the workshop. In addition, all travel grant recipients are expected to attend the full day workshop, the 2024 AAEA Annual Meeting, and participate in other academy activities during the 2024/2025 academic year. Priority for travel grants will be provided to graduate students and early career professionals at minority institutions, primary teaching institutions, and students with need, but all persons are encouraged to apply. The application deadline has passed. Applications require a one page Biosketch (view example of a Biosketch here: Click on the button at the top of the page to apply.

Notifications for those receiving the travel grant will be made in April 2024.

Please feel free to contact Na Zuo (, Jason Bergtold (, or Hannah Shear (  if you have any questions or inquiries.


  • Na Zuo, (Co-Chair) Associate Professor of Practice & TLC Chair, University of Arizona
  • Jason Bergtold, (Co-Chair) Professor & AETR Editor, Kansas State University
  • Hannah E. Shear (Co-Chair), Assistant Professor & TLC Secretary, Oklahoma State University
  • Jennifer Clark, Instructional Associate Professor, University of Florida
  • Ross Pruitt, Professor & TLC past-Chair, University of Tennessee-Martin
  • Rui Chen, Assistant Professor, Tuskegee University
  • Jerrod Penn, Associate Professor, Louisiana State University
  • Kathleen Liang, W.K. Kellogg Distinguished Professor, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University