AFS’s Brooks receives Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award
By: Norman Martin
A robust commitment to teaching has garnered Chance Brooks, a professor and associate chair of Texas Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences, a Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award, one of the highest faculty honors in the university system. The award recognizes those who demonstrate excellence in teaching, service to the teaching profession, service to students, professional growth and scholarly activity.
The teaching awards ceremony, which included presentation of a $5,000 stipend and an engraved medallion, was held on Tuesday (Jan. 22) at the university's McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.
"I'm proud of the world-class innovation and excellence these faculty members exhibit and the unparalleled education and mentorship they provide to our students," said Texas Tech University System Chancellor Tedd Mitchell. "It's an honor to recognize these individuals and the many ways they power our mission to solve problems and change lives. I am thankful they choose to lend their talents and leadership to the institutions of the Texas Tech University System."
The awards are made possible through philanthropic gifts to the Chancellor's Council, a giving society that supports Mitchell's priorities of impacting student lives through scholarships, recognizing faculty achievement and encouraging excellence across the Texas Tech System. Since the teaching and research awards were established by the council in 2001, 178 faculty have received awards totaling $1.1 million
"It's an honor to be chosen," said Brooks, who holds two degrees from Texas Tech. "I thoroughly enjoy teaching at my alma mater and I greatly appreciate the support I've received."
A native of Meadow, Brooks earned his bachelor's degree from Tech in 1994 and his master's degree in 1997, both in animal science, before earning his doctoral degree in meat science from Texas A&M in 2000. He began his tenure at Tech in 2003 after three years at Oklahoma State.
At Texas Tech, Brooks teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in meat science. His research focuses on beef tenderness and flavor, meat color and stability during storage, and the nutritive value of meat. He has also frequently presented short courses and programs for various organizations in the industry, including Texas Beef Council and the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
Currently, Brooks advises more than 130 undergraduate students, and serves as club advisor for the Texas Tech University Meat Science Association. His student evaluation scores for instructor performance consistently rank him among the top teachers at the university. Separately, Brooks has authored or co-authored 22 educational publications and videos, and served as instructor in 65 education programs.
Recent awards for Brooks include the Non-Land-Grant Agricultural and Renewable Resources Universities' Distinguished Educator Award (2016), and the USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award (2014).
CONTACT: William Brown, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or email@example.com
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