AEC's Fraze, Meyers honored at Western Region AAAE Corvallis conference
Two faculty members with Texas Tech's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications were honored at the Western Region American Association for Agricultural Education Conference last week in Corvallis, Ore. Department Chairman Steve Fraze was honored with the group's Outstanding Agricultural Educator Award, and Associate Professor Courtney Meyers was selected to receive the Outstanding Researcher Award.
According to program officials, the American Association for Agricultural Education is dedicated to studying, applying, and promoting the teaching and learning processes in agriculture. Membership is open to individuals engaged in agricultural education at U.S. colleges and universities.
Fraze joined the Texas Tech faculty in 1988, and was named a full professor in 2004 and chairman in 2008. Recent honors for Fraze include National FFA 'VIP Citation' (2015); American Association for Agricultural Education Senior Fellow (2014); and was named president-elect of the American Association for Agricultural Education (2014).
A native of Dora, New Mexico, Fraze earned his bachelor's degree in agriculture from Lubbock Christian College and a master's degree along with a teaching certificate from Texas Tech. He received his doctorate from Texas A&M University.
Since joining the Texas Tech faculty in 2008, Meyers has led numerous students in both undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to conducting her research. Her recent research has centered on exploring how social media platforms are being adopted and used to communicate agricultural topics. Her areas of teaching expertise include web design, public relations and social media.
Meyers received her bachelor's degree from Kansas State University. Her master's degree is from the University of Arkansas, and her doctorate is from the University of Florida. Recent awards for Meyers include the Association for Communication Excellence's Research Award of Excellence (2015); CASNR Teaching Award (2014); President's Excellence in Teaching Award (2014); and the Non-Land-Grant Agricultural and Renewable Resources Universities' Young Educator Award (2013).
Written by Norman Martin
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