AAEC’s Stephen Devadoss garners SAEA Lifetime Achievement Award
By: Norman Martin
An accomplished Texas Tech University agricultural economics professor has been presented a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Southern Agricultural Economics Association. Stephen Devadoss, the Emabeth Thompson Endowed Professor in Tech's Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, received the honor on Tuesday (Feb. 5) during the organization's annual meeting in Birmingham, Alabama.
"I am humbled to receive this award as it is the culmination of hard work and collaborative research with good graduate students over four decades," Devadoss said. "It is a great honor to be recognized by the peers in the Southern Agricultural Economics Association."
In his academic career, Devadoss has received 16 research awards, 20 teaching awards, and 23 graduate mentoring awards. These awards include an Outstanding Journal Article Award from the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics (2010); a university-level Interdisciplinary Research or Collaborative Efforts Excellence Award (2012); a Teaching Scholar Award from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (2016); and Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (2012). He was named a Western Agricultural Economics Association's Fellow in 2010.
During his career Devadoss has generated more than 400 publications in refereed journals, book chapters, proceedings, reports, applied and extension articles, and professional presentations. He has helped his graduate students publish more than 75 journal articles because he said he works with his advisees closely on each and every step.
Devadoss said he spends an extraordinary amount of time with graduate students, and it is very common for him to work with students on their research in the evenings and weekends. In addition, he has helped his students to receive more than 50 awards, including regional and national thesis and dissertation awards.
"Dr. Stephen Devadoss has brought a high level of graduate teaching and research to the department, "said Phillip Johnson, chairman of Tech's Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. "The Lifetime Achievement Award is a testament to his many contributions to the agricultural and applied economics profession."
Devadoss received his bachelor's degree in agriculture from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in Coimbatore, India, and his master's degree in agricultural economics from Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi, India. His doctorate in economics is from Iowa State University of Science and Technology in Ames, Iowa.
He is a member of the American Agricultural Economics Association, Western Agricultural Economics Association, and Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
The Southern Agricultural Economics Association includes more than 400 faculty and students across the region. The association fosters the study and understanding of agricultural economics and its applications to problems in the Southern United States. In addition, it promotes unity and effectiveness of effort among all concerned with those problems.
CONTACT: Phillip Johnson, chairman and director of the university's Thornton Agricultural Finance Institute, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-0474 or email@example.com