AFS’s Mallory DeChant receives Graduate School TEACH Fellowship
By: Norman Martin
Mallory DeChant, a doctoral candidate from Texas Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences, was selected to receive a 2020-2021 TEACH Fellowship, officials with the Texas Tech Graduate School announced earlier this semester. The TEACH (Teaching Effectiveness And Career enHancement) Program is modeled after a national, preparing future faculty movement and assists Ph.D. students in further developing teaching skills and exploring faculty roles.
In addition to her TEACH program activities, the Arizona native is pursuing her doctorate in companion animal science with an emphasis in canine olfaction under the direction of Nathaniel Hall, an assistant professor of companion animal science in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, and Director of Tech's Canine Olfaction Research and Education Laboratory.
DeChant's bachelor's degree in animal science and biology is from The University of Findlay (Findlay, Ohio), and her master's degree in animal science with an emphasis in canine physiology is from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, Illinois). Among her goals after completion of a post doctorate fellowship are to join the academic field and pursue teaching and research in canine olfaction.
According to officials, the TEACH Program is a highly-competitive, professional development program that helps doctoral students prepare for future careers in academia with a special focus on teaching excellence. TEACH fellows participate in videotaped classroom observations, midterm student evaluations, peer observations, and numerous teaching and learning opportunities.
Other activities include one-on-one consultations, recorded classroom instruction, comprehensive feedback, peer observations, workshop attendance, and the development of a professional teaching portfolio and detailed course design project. Fellows selected for this program are paid a $500 stipend per semester for their active participation.
CASNR students represented in the 2019-2020 TEACH Program Cohort included Nellie Hill and Cara Lawson from CASNR's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications.
CONTACT: Michael Orth, chairman, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-5653 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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