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New Faculty & Staff

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources welcomes recent additions to our faculty and staff. We’re very glad to have them on board with us as we move into the future here in the heart of a dynamic university.

Weinheimer tapped for research assistant professor, water center leadership

Justin Weinheimer

The research economist with Texas Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics was named a research assistant professor and assistant director of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources’ Water Center on Nov. 1.

 
CASNR officials announce strategic hiring of noted food science researcher

Kendra Nightingale

Texas Tech continued its quest toward Tier One status with the strategic hiring of a respected food science researcher who will help grow the university’s research capabilities. The newly added faculty member is Kendra Nightingale, now an associate professor with the university’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences. Nightingale, who joined the Tech faculty in September, was formerly an associate professor in Colorado State University’s Department of Animal Science.

 
New cotton physiologist joins CASNR’s plant and soil science department

Glen Ritchie

Idaho native Glen Ritchie has joined Tech’s Department of Plant and Soil Science as an assistant professor. His research focuses on cotton physiology, primarily yield and quality components under water-limiting conditions. His doctorate is from the University of Georgia.

 
Simek named PSS greenhouse complex manager

Jennifer Simek

Lubbock native Jennifer Simek has joined Tech’s Department of Plant and Soil Science as its new greenhouse complex manager. The Texas A&M University graduate is looking forward to using her experience managing institutional greenhouses as she supports faculty research efforts.

 
Noted NM landscape architect joins Texas Tech faculty

Patricia Westbrook

Wichita Falls native Patricia Westbrook has been named an assistant professor in Tech’s Department of Landscape Architecture. The University of New Mexico graduate’s interests focus on innovative design coupled with sustainable landscapes