Samantha Alvis came to APLU as a congressionally-funded Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellow in 2014 and is currently Director of International Programs and Development, where she oversees a number of projects and initiatives related to the comprehensive internationalization of APLU member campuses. She also manages APLU’s International Agriculture Section.
Alvis completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees in agricultural education at the University of Arizona. She completed her Ph.D. in international agricultural development and agricultural communications from the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications at Texas A&M University in 2016. Her research focuses on the role of higher education in international development.
Before joining APLU, Samantha spent the first year of her fellowship with the Innovative Agriculture Research Initiative (iAGRI) project, a consortium project ran by the Ohio State University, based at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania where she worked on a number of projects related to institutional transformation.
In addition to her time at iAGRI, Alvis’ international experience includes serving in the ACDI/VOCA Service Learning Corp in Kenya (Cooperative University College of Kenya) and Ethiopia to set up cooperative information and learning centers, planning and coordinating the first study abroad from Texas A&M to Namibia (with the University of Namibia), and teaching English in France. She is an experienced non-profit professional, having worked for both membership and trade associations, including serving as the Associate Executive Director of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). She serves as Communications Chair for the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) and was selected as an AIARD Future Leaders Forum participant in 2012.