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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.

Attorney, landscape architect joins CASNR

Larry Sullivan

Sweetwater native Larry Sullivan, a long-time attorney turned landscape architect, has been named an assistant professor in Texas Tech’s Department of Landscape Architecture. He has extensive professional design experience in diverse landscape projects.

 
Top livestock judging team coach joins AFS faculty

Ryan Rathmann

Bastrop native Ryan Rathmann, one of the nation’s top livestock judging team coaches, has been named an assistant professor in Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences. His research focuses on scientific validations of assumptions made in live animal evaluation across all species.

 
In Profile: Landscape Architecture’s Melissa Currie

Melissa Currie

Florida native Melissa Currie has been named an assistant professor in Tech’s Department of Landscape Architecture. The Cornell University graduate’s research interests focus on building understanding about the relationship between man and his environment, both built and natural.

 
Irlbeck joins AEC faculty as assistant professor

Erica Irlbeck

A native of Carmen, Okla., Irlbeck has been named an assistant professor in Tech’s Department of Agricultural Education and Communications. She teaches video production in agriculture, senior seminar and agricultural products and promotions.

 
Agricultural education gets boost with Ritz addition

Rudy Ritz

A native of Meadow, Ritz has been named an assistant professor in Tech’s Department of Agricultural Education and Communications. He teaches management of supervised agricultural experience programs and methods of technological change.