Texas Tech University

Awards & Recognition

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Texas Tech University's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is recognized as a center of excellence in teaching and learning. With 30 degree programs, highly qualified faculty and staff, and excellent facilities, CASNR provides students with a full range of academic resources and opportunities. In recognizing the strong efforts of the faculty and staff, CASNR and Texas Tech University offer a number of awards to honor that service and dedication.

During the spring semester, nine faculty and staff members are honored for service and support, which includes a plaque and a monetary award. The 2020 CASNR Award recipients included:

  • Teaching Award: Peter Dotray, Rockwell Chair of Weed Science with joint appointment with Texas A&M Agrilife Research & Extension Service; Department of Plant and Soil Science
  • Research Award: Carlos Carpio, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Junior Faculty Award: Nathaniel Hall, Assistant Professor of Companion Animal Science, Department of Animal and Food Sciences
  • Service/Outreach Award: Courtney Meyers, Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications
  • International Impact Award: Amy Boren-Alpizar, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications
  • Student Advising Award (Graduate): Noureddine Abidi, Leidigh Professor and Managing Director of Fiber & Biopolymer Research Institute; Department of Plant and Soil Science
  • Instructor Award: Jessica Thomas, Instructor, Department of Animal and Food Sciences
  • Staff Award: Tate Corliss, Meat Lab Manager and Director of Raider Red Meats, Department of Animal and Food Sciences
  • Research Staff Award: Khawar Arain, Manager, Cotton Phenomics Laboratory & Spinning Evaluation Lab, Fiber & Biopolymer Research Institute, Department of Plant and Soil Science

Separately, recognition of current CASNR faculty for teaching, research and outreach excellence also comes from the university as a whole. In 2020, recognition of current CASNR faculty for teaching, research and outreach excellence included:

  • 15 members in the Teaching Academy
  • 16 recipients of the President's Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 16 New Faculty Award recipients
  • 6 recipients of the President's Academic Achievement Award
  • 2 recipients of the Spencer A. Wells Faculty Award
  • 4 recipients of the Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award
  • 2 recipients of the Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the Teaching Academy (Plant and Soil Science and Agricultural Education and Communications)
  • 2 Horn Professors
  • 2 Hemphill-Wells New Professor Excellence in Teaching Award recipients
  • 4 Barnie E. Rushing, Jr., Faculty Distinguished Research Award recipients
  • 4 recipients of the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 5 recipients of the President's Excellence in Academic Advising Award

Among the many university-sponsored honors CASNR faculty are eligible during the year include:

  • Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professorships
  • President's Faculty Book Awards (3)
  • Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award (4 anticipated)
  • Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award (4 anticipated)
  • Piper Professor Nominations (1)
  • Barnie E. Rushing, Jr., Faculty Distinguished Research Awards (2)
  • Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award (unlimited nominations)
  • Hemphill-Wells New Professor Excellence in Teaching Award (unlimited nominations)
  • Spencer A. Wells Award for Creativity in Teaching (unlimited nominations)
  • Teaching Academy Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award
  • President's Academic Achievement Awards (3 anticipated)
  • President's Excellence in Teaching Awards (1 per college; up to 4 in A&S)
  • Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award (1 per college)
  • President's Excellence in Commercialization Award
  • President's Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Award

Note: For more detailed information concerning faulty awards guidelines, visit Award Policy and Procedure: OP 32.24