Faculty and Grad Students Earn NACTA Teaching Awards

Kelly Newlon photo

Five faculty members and two graduate students have earned awards from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) for 2018. Each will be presented their award at the 2018 NACTA Conference in Ames, IA in June.
Among the faculty members are Nicholas Basta, School of Environment and Natural Resources; David Hix, School of Environment and Natural Resources; Mary Kay Pohlschneider, Department of Food Science & Technology; Christopher Simons, Department of Food Science & Technology; and Roger Williams, School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Kelly Newlon (pictured), a doctoral student in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL), and Mei-Ling Shotts, Food Science and Technology, will receive NACTA's Graduate Student Teaching Award. This award recognizes graduate students who excel as teachers in the agricultural disciplines.

NACTA is professional society that focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning agriculture and related disciplines at the postsecondary level. Members of NACTA are from two-year and four-year colleges, public and private.

 Formed in 1955, the mission of NACTA is to:

  • Provide for all post-secondary teachers of agriculture a forum for discussion of questions and issues relating to the professional advancement of agricultural discussion.

  • Seek improvement in the post-secondary teaching of agriculture through examination and discussion of courses and curricula, teaching and testing techniques, facilities and materials.

  • Encourage, promote and reward instructional excellence in agriculture and the research supporting this instruction.