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Texas Tech Teaching Academy welcomes Brooks as new member from CASNR

Texas Tech Teaching Academy welcomes Brooks as new member from CASNR

A top-flight faculty member from Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has been inducted into the university’s elite Teaching Academy. The academy was established to recognize excellence in teaching and to promote the university’s teaching mission.

The newest member from CASNR is Chance Brooks, an associate professor within the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. Brooks said being inducted is humbling, and he has an increased appreciation for well-rounded faculty members.

“Teaching, service and research are integrally related,” he said. University officials noted that inductees are nominated by a member of the Teaching Academy and then seconded by another, in addition to being reviewed and selected by the Teaching Academy membership committee.

Current member of the Teaching Academy from CASNR include:

  • Cindy Akers, Associate Dean, CASNR
  • Matt Baker, Professor, Agricultural Education and Communications
  • Heidi Brady, Professor, Animal and Food Science
  • Scott Burris, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Education and Communications
  • Peter Dotray, Professor, Plant and Soil Science
  • Emmett Elam, Associate Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Steve Fraze, Professor, Agricultural Education and Communications
  • Sam Jackson, Associate Professor, Animal and Food Sciences
  • Charles Klein, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture
  • Phillip Johnson, Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Alon Kvashny, Professor, Landscape Architecture
  • Cynthia McKenney, Professor, Plant and Soil Science
  • Markus Miller, Professor, Animal and Food Sciences
  • Max Miller, Associate Professor, Animal and Food Sciences
  • Eduardo Segarra, Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Leslie Thompson, Professor, Animal and Food Sciences
  • Richard Zartman, Professor, Plant and Soil Science

Founded in 1997, Tech’s Teaching Academy has almost 200 members from throughout the university that support, promote and recognize teaching excellence. Members engage in advocacy, service and advising matters pertaining to classroom instruction. In addition, participants often serve as mentors for junior faculty and graduate students, in addition to publishing teaching-related scholarship and participating in teaching-focused conferences, officials said.

Among the objectives of the group are advocating for the importance of teaching, and creating an appropriate reward structure for teaching throughout the university, as well as serving as role models, fostering research on college-level teaching and learning practices, and advising the university and its institutions on teaching policies and practices.

In order to be considered for membership tenured or tenure-track professors with three years of service at Texas Tech must be nominated by a current academy member, show evidence of superlative teaching, and express an interest in promoting teaching improvement across the curriculum.

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Michael Galyean, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or michael.galyean@ttu.edu  

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