ACTE Announces South Carolina Associate Professor as National Award Finalist

October 5, 2019

Contact: Megan Kmiotek

ACTE Announces South Carolina Associate Professor as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Dale Layfield, associate professor at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, as the 2020 ACTE Region II Teacher Educator of the Year. This award recognizes teacher educators who have demonstrated innovation in teacher education, leadership in improving career and technical education (CTE), and commitment to preparing teachers to deliver high-quality CTE programs.

Dale Layfield is an Associate Professor in the Agricultural Education program in the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Clemson University. With a background in agricultural education, Layfield’s interest in educational technologies are the focal point of his teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels as well as in his service activities. Since joining the faculty at Clemson in 1999, he has been instrumental in fostering the use of cutting-edge technologies as a teaching tool and subject matter. Layfield earned his Ph.D. from Penn State in 1998 and his Master’s (1994) and Bachelor’s (1989) in Agricultural Education at the University of Florida.

Layfield is one of five finalists for the 2021 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Gala, an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Thursday, December 3, during ACTE’s Virtual CareerTech VISION 2020. The Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox, CareerSafe, and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.


About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.