AEC professor receives Winrock's Presidential Volunteer Service Award
David Lawver, a professor in Texas Tech's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, has been selected to receive a Presidential Volunteer Service Award from Little Rock-based Winrock International. Established in 2003, the award is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups and families who've met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering.
Program officials note that Lawver contributed numerous hours of volunteer service on international assignments for Winrock's U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Farmer-to-Farmer Program.
"Volunteerism is a core American value," said DeAnn McGrew, director of agriculture and volunteer programs at Winrock. "It connects us to our neighbors, whether they are local or global, and gives us an opportunity to use our skills for a greater good."
Lawver joined the Tech faculty in 1989, rising through the academic ranks to become a professor in 2000. Prior to coming to the Texas South Plains, he served as an assistant professor in agricultural education at Texas A&I University. He also worked as an agricultural science teacher in the Missouri communities of Higginsville, Bronaugh and Granby. A native of Carl Junction, Missouri, Lawver earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural education and vocational technical education from the University of Missouri. His doctorate in agricultural and extension education is from Mississippi State University.
He has received numerous awards including the 'Outstanding Young Member Award and the Distinguished Research Award' from the American Association for Agricultural Education. He is past president and Senior Fellow of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education. Additionally, he has served in leadership positions on the board of directors and as a trustee for the National FFA Organization. He also served on the managing editing board of the Journal of Agricultural Education.
In 2009, Lawver received a Fulbright Grant from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. As part of that effort he taught extension methods at Egerton University near the east African provincial capital of Nakuru, Kenya. His project was titled "Extension Education in Kenya: Farmer Field Schools as an Alternative Approach."
Written by Norman Martin
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