Convocation; CASNR faculty honored for excellence in teaching, research at SUB
Three standout faculty members from Texas Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources received awards for their quality teaching and research during the university's annual Faculty Honors Convocation on Tuesday (Apr. 28) in the Red Raider Ballroom of Tech's Student Union Building.
Convocation is a way to recognize faculty members who have demonstrated distinction in teaching, research and service, said Michael Galyean, dean of Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Among the CASNR award winners this year are:
- President's Excellence in Teaching Award. Matt Baker is a professor in Tech's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications. Baker returned to a faculty position in June 2011 after serving three years as founding dean of Tech's University College. Prior to that he served eight years as chairman of Tech's agricultural education and communications department, with previous faculty experience at the University of Florida and California State Polytechnic University. His research interests include creative problem solving and curriculum development in higher education. He earned his doctorate from The Ohio State University. He holds master's and bachelor's degrees from Texas Tech.
- Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award. Blake Grisham is an assistant professor with Tech's Department of Natural Resources Management. He is interested in integrated wildlife-climate response modeling and merging climate science methodologies into ecological data sets. One of his goals at Tech is to carry out research on wildlife-climate impact assessments, ecosystem response to precipitation variability, and lesser prairie-chicken ecology. Grisham received his bachelor's degree from Arkansas State University and a master's degree from Louisiana State University. His doctorate in wildlife, aquatic, and wildlands science and management is from Texas Tech.
- Texas Tech Parents Association Barnie E. Rushing, Jr. Faculty Outstanding Researcher Award. Reynaldo Patino is a professor with Tech's Department of Natural Resources Management with a joint appointment at the U.S. Geological Survey. Patino has been with the unit and Tech's Department of Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences since 1989. He's a member of the Department of Environmental Toxicology adjunct faculty. His research interests broadly include aquatic sciences and impacts of environmental change on fisheries resources. He received his bachelor's degree from Tokyo University of Fisheries. His master's degree and doctorate degrees are from Oregon State University.
Separately, during the ceremony an Emeritus Faculty Certificate was presented to Richard Zartman formerly with CASNR's Department of Plant and Soil Science. Zartman has served as chairman of the department from 2011 to 2014. He joined Tech's faculty in 1974 as an assistant professor of soil physics and was named a full professor in 1991. He was named associate chair in 1998 and served as interim chairman of the department during the fall of 2000.
Tech convocation officials also recognized the university's Paul Whitfield Horn Professors, which include CASNR Dean Michael Galyean and Agricultural and Applied Economics' Thomas Knight. Horn professorships are the highest honor a faculty member can receive from the university. The award is named for Texas Tech's first president, Paul Whitfield Horn. Of the 86 members recognized as Horn Professors, 29 are still on the Tech faculty.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Michael Galyean, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or email@example.com
0428NM15 / PHOTO: (top to bottom) Matt Baker, Blake Grisham and Reynaldo Patino