COLLEGE STATION — Three faculty members from the Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have received the 2010 Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards for Teaching-College Level.
The announcement was made by Dr. Mark A. Hussey, vice chancellor and dean for agriculture and life sciences.
James Johnson, Dr. John Park and Dr. Scott Shafer were presented the awards at the recent 2010 Fall Faculty Reception at Texas A&M.
“Teaching is at the heart of our college’s mission, and these awards provide the opportunity to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding teaching faculty within the college,” said Dr. Alan Sams, awards presenter and executive associate dean for the college.
Johnson is a distinguished lecturer in the department of horticultural sciences. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in retail floriculture from Michigan State University and a Master of Agriculture degree in floriculture from Texas A&M. He has worked at the university for 34 years. His seven awards from the university and the floral industry include national honors from the American Floral Society and the American Institute of Floral Designers. He is co-author of “Book of Floral Terminology” and has presented seminars and prepared floral exhibits throughout the United States and internationally.
Park is a Texas AgriLife Extension Service specialist and the Roy B. Davis Professor of Agricultural Cooperation in the department of agricultural economics. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University, a Master of Science degree from Utah State University and a doctoral degree from Texas A&M. He has worked at the university for nine years and has won nine awards from the university. He is author or co-author of nearly 30 publications published in the past five years and has been actively involved in both state and national Extension initiatives.
Shafer is a Texas AgriLife Extension specialist and associate head in the department of recreation, park and tourism sciences. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M, a Master of Science degree from the University of Utah and a doctoral degree from Clemson University. He has worked at the university for 14 years and has won seven awards and recognitions in Texas and the nation. He is the co-author of seven scholarly publications published in the past five years and has served as a visiting lecturer at James Cook University in Australia and at Clemson.
Nominations for the awards come from the 14 academic departments of the college and from
the Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council. Each of the recipients received a framed certificate and a $2,000 cash award from the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students.