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, eight faculty and staff members are honored for service and support, which includes a plaque and a monetary award. The 2021 CASNR Award recipients included:

  • Teaching Award: Jamie Bologna Pavlik, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics
  • Research Award: Amy Boren-Alpizar, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Education & Communications
  • Junior Faculty Award: Vinicius Machado, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Sciences
  • Service/Outreach Award: Katy Schroeder, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal & Food Sciences
  • International Impact Award: Rosalyn Shim, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant & Soil Science
  • Student Advising Award: Alicia Thomas, Instructor, Department of Plant & Soil Science
  • Instructor Award: Not Awarded
  • Staff Award: Neal Nordstrom, IT Support Technician II, Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics
  • Research Staff Award: Jaspreet Kaur, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Plant & Soil Science

Separately, recognition of current CASNR faculty for teaching, research and outreach excellence also comes from the university as a whole. In 2021, recognition of current CASNR faculty for teaching, research and outreach excellence included:

  • 14 members in the Teaching Academy
  • 17 recipients of the President's Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 15 New Faculty Award recipients
  • 6 recipients of the President's Academic Achievement Award
  • 2 recipients of the Spencer A. Wells Faculty Award
  • 5 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
  • 5 recipients of the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 6 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