AEC's Meyers garners regional USDA excellence in university teaching honor
By: Norman Martin
Courtney Meyers, a professor and graduate studies coordinator within Texas Tech's Department of Agricultural Education & Communications, has been awarded a regional USDA Excellence in College & University Teaching in Food & Agricultural Sciences Award. The honor, which celebrates university faculty for their use of innovative teaching methods and service to students, was presented Monday (Nov. 8) as part of the national APLU Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.
“Dr. Meyers is an outstanding faculty member in our department and is extremely deserving of this award,” said Scott Burris, professor and chair of Tech's Department of Agricultural Education & Communications. “Her commitment to students and teaching is exemplary and she is an outstanding model for all faculty at Texas Tech University. I'm incredibly proud of her commitment and impact on students and academic programs in our department.”
Meyers was unable to accept the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities honor in person, since she is currently completing a Fulbright Scholar Award funded by the Australia-based Regional Universities Network and the Australian-American Fulbright Commission. The five-month project, “Exploring Agricultural Communications in Australia,” began in July and is based at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.
Among Meyers' honors are a President's Academic Achievement Award and being named a Texas Tech Integrated Scholar. She is a member of Tech's Teaching Academy, and has received a Texas Tech President's Excellence in Teaching Award (2014), U.S. Department of Agriculture's New Teacher Award (2015); and Texas Tech's Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award (2018). She was recognized as a 2020 American Association for Agricultural Education Fellow.
Meyers has co-authored award-winning research articles and conference papers, including outstanding research article in the Journal of Applied Communications, the Association for Communication Excellence outstanding paper, the SAAS Agricultural Communications outstanding paper, and the AAAE distinguished manuscript. She is currently serving a three-year term on the editorial team for the Journal of Applied Communications and recently completed serving four years as the American Association for Agricultural Education Vice President for Communications.
Meyers, who joined the Texas Tech faculty in 2008, received her bachelor's degree in agricultural communication and journalism from Kansas State University. Her master's degree in agricultural and extension education is from the University of Arkansas, and her doctorate in agricultural education and communication is from the University of Florida.
CONTACT: Scott Burris, Chair, Department of Agricultural Education & Communications, Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-8689 or email@example.com