AFS's Baggerman receives NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award
A doctoral student with Texas Tech University's Department of Animal and Food Sciences has been selected to receive this year's North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Graduate Student Teaching Award. Jessica Baggerman, a native of Pampa, will receive the honor at the group's annual conference in June at the University of Hawaii.
Baggerman, who works under the direction of Tech's Gordon W. Davis Regent's Chair in Meat and Muscle Biology Brad Johnson, serves as a graduate research assistant in the muscle biology lab in Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences. Prior to joining Tech, she served as an undergraduate research assistant in the ruminant nutrition and physiology labs of the Oklahoma State University's Department of Animal Science. She received her bachelor's degree in animal science from Oklahoma State. Her master's degree in animal science is from Tech.
Program officials note that the purpose of the NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award is to recognize and reward graduate students who excel as teachers in the agricultural disciplines. The award is for NACTA graduate student members who are involved in classroom instruction.
The award is criterion-based and is reviewed by a committee of NACTA members. To qualify for the award, a graduate student must have been involved in classroom teaching for a minimum of one year. Baggerman was nominated by Sara Trojan, a former assistant professor of beef cattle and ruminant nutrition with the Department of Animal and Food Science.
Criteria included in the evaluation are the graduate student's teaching philosophy, statement of support from supervising faculty, evaluations submitted by students and an administrative officer, a self-evaluation, involvement in teaching outside the classroom, and a description of the candidate's specific teaching involvement.
NACTA is a professional society that focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning agriculture and related disciplines at the postsecondary level. Formed in 1955, members of the organization are from two-year and four-year colleges.
Written by Norman Martin
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