PSS standout Peter Dotray selected as Texas Tech Integrated Scholar for 2014
A longtime professor with Texas Tech's Department of Plant and Soil Science has been named a Texas Tech Integrated Scholar by the university's Office of the Provost. Peter Dotray, who is the Leidigh Professor of Weed Science with a joint appointment at Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Service, was recognized for his outstanding research, teaching and service through the annual selection process.
"An Integrated Scholar is a faculty member who not only demonstrates outstanding teaching, research and service, but also is able to generate synergy among the three functions," said Texas Tech Provost Lawrence Schovanec. "These faculty members consistently promote active learning and infuse the results of their research and scholarship in courses and other learning experiences."
The Minnesota native indicated that he is particularly interested in integrating research and outreach activities directly into the classroom and classroom and outreach activities directly into his research program. Dotray has fostered effective teaching, research, and outreach collaborations with other faculty across the university, across the state, and with colleagues across the country.
One of his primary goals here at Tech is to carry out research on effective, profitable, and sustainable weed management in all crops grown on the Texas High Plains and disseminate results directly into the classroom and in outreach activities. Dotray said the biggest challenge facing growers today is the development of glyphosate (Roundup) resistant weeds and how to best use new and existing products and technologies in a cost-effective manner.
Dotray, who joined the Tech faculty in 1993, received his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and master's degree from Washington State University. His doctorate in agronomy (herbicide physiology) is from the University of Minnesota.
Awards for Dotray include Dow AgroSciences Award for Excellence in Research (2011) and Teaching (2013); Texas County Agricultural Agents Association's Specialist of the Year in Texas Agriculture Award (2011); CASNR's Service/Outreach Award (2006); Texas Tech's Ex-Students Association Outstanding New Faculty Award (1996); Texas Tech University President's Excellence in Teaching (2006) and Academic Achievement Award (2006); the Southern Weed Science Society Outstanding Young Weed Scientist Award (2002) and Educator Award (2010); the Weed Science Society of America Outstanding Young Weed Scientist Award (2004) Teacher Award (2014); and most recently the RaiderReady First-Year Advocate and Faculty Fellowship Award (2014).
In addition, Dotray is a member of Texas Tech's "Teaching Academy," an elite group of professionals striving to bring together the best teaching faculty across campus. Founded in 1997, the academy has almost 200 members from throughout the university that support, promote and recognize teaching excellence. Dotray currently serves on the Teaching Academy Executive Council.
Dotray is the fourth CASNR faculty member to be named to the integrated scholar program. Previously, Cindy Akers, CASRN's Associate Dean for Academic and Student Programs; Mindy Brashears, director of Texas Tech's International Center for Food Industry Excellence, and Vivien Allen, Tech's former Thornton Distinguished Professor of Forages, were also selected as Texas Tech Integrated Scholars.
By NORMAN MARTIN
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