From the Executive Editor
As we once again come upon the holidays, for many of us the focus is on the hustle and bustle of the season. Within academe, there is a different type of “hustle and bustle.” As instructors, we are trying to finish up final grading for courses, graduate seniors and Masters’ students, and tie up all of the loose ends of the semester. For those of us out in the field, “hustle and bustle” may translate into finishing up final programs before taking a much-needed break or taking upon new service projects to help those in need during this special time. Whatever this hectic time translates into for you, I think that it could still be said time moves differently within this season of celebration.
While doing a little online shopping on the Internet the other day, I stumbled upon an insightful quote:
Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us.
David Cameron (former UK Prime Minister)
Sometimes each of us are so busy with the activities of our respective professions, that we may not take the time to reflect on WHY we do what we do. Education has been proven over and over to be a catalyst for change – to improve and progress society – to make the quality of life better for communities around the world. At its inception, education was a way of translating traditions, culture and life skills to the next generation; while it still serves this purpose, today education is also used as a process to empower a disadvantaged population – to move individuals out of poverty – or to encourage people into a new stage in life. What we often forget in all of the “hustle and bustle” of everyday life is that, for each of us, there are those few to whom we make THAT difference. Their life is changed because they interacted with us. And the difference we make to those individuals is something we shouldn’t take lightly. It’s one that most people don’t get to experience while working in their everyday lives.
For many of you, this time of the year will allow for more time to do things you deem fun – to spend time with family and friends, to continue working on a hobby, or perhaps doing a little light reading. Why not use some of this time to read the current JIAEE issue? Contained in the December 2018 issue of JIAEE you will find a wide variety of topics. Entrepreneurial Education (EE) makes its JIAEE debut in this issue, with an interesting discussion on the impact it is currently making and how to improve future applications. There are a couple of articles with a more traditional student focus – salient components that make up a Global Food Security Graduate certificate at Texas Tech University, as well as what student competency looks like from a Haitian faculty perspective.
Considering things from a more administrative perspective, there is an article that explores personal-dimension variables that may help explain why faculty lead study aboard experiences, and a study that looks at where the future of international programming needs to grow to address student needs. In all of these examples, effective research has been done to give us insight “behind the scenes” which then allows for better curricula and program development.
There are also several articles focused on education through the eyes of those in the field – the significance of extension agent knowledge regarding professionalization in South West Nigeria, extension through the eyes of agents in Rural Pakistan and the implications behind innovation characteristics when introducing water and input saving technology into the Jordan Valley. Within each of these articles, you get a good reading on what is currently happening in the field, and the importance of continuing to push ourselves to offer the most innovative and thorough community education we can.
As I have expressed previously, the importance of education around the world cannot be overstated – no matter who your audience is. During this busy time of the year, take a little time to pat both yourself and other educators on the back. The work that we all do is so important; especially when focusing on the impact that is made in society. We should all be honored to play an essential role in this very important field.
Warm Regards & Happy Holidays,
Kristina D. Hains
Executive Editor, JIAEE