Ricky Telg, Ph.D., a professor in the University of Florida’s Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, has a passion for students, particularly undergraduate students. In his agricultural communication, instructional technologies, and news writing courses, Telg integrates a hands-on approach to instruction that teaches students how to develop communication methods and digital media –Web, video, and print – for the agricultural workplace. He has served as the department’s undergraduate coordinator for the past 16 years. He currently serves as the director for the University of Florida/ Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ (UF/IFAS) Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (PIE Center). The PIE Center conducts and disseminates applied social science research impacting agriculture and natural resources.
Telg has taken leadership roles in national organizations, such as the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE), where he received ACE’s Award of Excellence in Distance Education and Instructional Design and in Academic Programs. Telg has received UF’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences’ Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award twice and the Undergraduate Advisor of the Year Award twice, the only person in CALS to have received both awards two times. He is a recipient of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture’s Southern Regional Outstanding Teacher Award. He received the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in 2010, one of only two such national awards presented annually. Telg has more than 50 refereed publications on distance education- and agricultural communication-related topics. He served as the interim associate dean for UF’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.