North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)

A professional society that focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning agriculture and related disciplines at the postsecondary level. Members of NACTA are from two-year and four-year colleges, public and private.


 Formed in 1955, the mission of NACTA is to:

  • Provide for all post-secondary teachers of agriculture a forum for discussion of questions and issues relating to the professional advancement of agricultural discussion.
  • Seek improvement in the post-secondary teaching of agriculture through examination and discussion of courses and curricula, teaching and testing techniques, facilities and materials.
  • Encourage, promote and reward instructional excellence in agriculture and the research supporting this instruction.
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NACTA Committees:

Educational Issues and Teaching Improvement Committee - The Educational Issues and Teaching Improvement Committee (a) solicits and responds to member needs regarding programs and activities for instructional improvement; (b) identifies, develops, sponsors, and conducts specific teaching and learning related activities such as Blue Ribbon presentations, round-tables, symposia, and workshops at the annual conferences; and (c) provides recommendations and assistance to the editor regarding the publishing of materials.

Global Engagement Committee -The Global Engagement Committee (a) disseminates items of interest to NACTA members concerning international agriculture; (b) encourages publication of articles on international agriculture in the NACTA Journal; and (c) serves as liaison between NACTA and other organizations involved in international agriculture. 

Membership and Public Relations Committee - The Membership and Public Relations Committee (a) provides recommendations to the Executive Committee regarding membership policies and procedures; (b) conducts membership recruitment activities; and (c) conducts public relations activities.

Journal Committee - The Journal Committee (a) provides recommendations and assistance to the editor regarding Journal policies and content; and (b) reviews manuscripts submitted to the Journal for publication and abstracts for annual meetings. The editor shall chair the committee. Members of the journal committee serve as the Editorial Board for the NACTA Journal.

Teacher Recognition Committee - The Teacher Recognition Committee (a) establishes and publishes policies and guidelines for the teaching awards; (b) receives nomination materials; (c) determines the award recipients; and (d) posts the names of award recipients to the NACTA Teaching Awards website.

Journal Award Committee - The Journal Award Committee (a) establishes policies and guidelines for the journal awards; (b) evaluates articles in each volume of the Journal; and (c) determines the award recipients.

Undergraduate Experiential Learning Committee - The Undergraduate Experiential Learning Committee (a) collaborates with the judging conference liaison to intentionally extend the purposes of NACTA through the Judging conference; (b) explores creative opportunities for NACTA to enhance undergraduate experiential learning; (c) develops stronger career preparation and skill development opportunities through enhanced relationships with agricultural and environmental business leaders and companies; and (d) works with the Educational Issues and Teaching Improvement Committee to recommend programs for the annual conference focused on the implementation and assessment of experiential learning activities.