Meyers selected for University of Arkansas outstanding young alumna award
By: Norman Martin
An associate professor and graduate studies coordinator with Texas Tech University's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications has been named this year's Bumpers College Alumni Society's Outstanding Young Alumna at the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. In addition to receiving the honor, Texas Tech's Courtney Meyers will address graduates at the college's commencement ceremonies on Saturday (May 13) and will be honored at a luncheon on Friday (May 12).
Meyers has been an associate professor of agricultural communications at Tech since 2014 after joining the faculty as assistant professor in 2008. Before joining Tech, she was a graduate research and teaching assistant at the University of Arkansas and the University of Florida, and a communications specialist with the International Grains Program at Kansas State University.
The Kansas native received her bachelor's degree in agricultural communication and journalism from Kansas State University. Her master's degree in agricultural and extension education is from the University of Arkansas, and her doctorate in agricultural education and communication from the University of Florida.
"Courtney has quickly established herself as a rising educator, and is sharing her Bumpers College education with our current generation of students as she inspires and prepares them for their careers," said Interim Dean Lona Robertson. "We're very proud of her and look forward to having her on campus."
Meyers has been recognized for her teaching and research capabilities. She has co-authored award-winning research papers and posters, including the best research article in the Journal of Applied Communications, the Association for Communication Excellence outstanding paper, the SAAS Agricultural Communications outstanding paper, and the SAERC outstanding innovative idea poster. In addition, she served a three-year term as an officer in the research special interest group for the Association for Communication Excellence.
Recent awards for Meyers include the Association for Communication Excellence's Research Special Interest Group Award of Excellence (2013, 2015), Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Excellence in Teaching Award (2015), and the Non-Land Grant Agriculture and Renewable Resources Universities Distinguished Young Educator Award (2013). Texas Tech has recognized her with the President's Excellence in Teaching Award (2014) and Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center Faculty Spotlight Award (2013).
Her University of Arkansas master's thesis resulted in a published manuscript on genetically modified food labeling, and was selected 'Research Article of the Year' by the Journal of Applied Communications (2006). While at the University of Arkansas, she was named 'Outstanding Graduate Student' by the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology, and Bumpers College's Outstanding Master's Scholar (2005).
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