Savell receives regional national teaching award

Contact: Dr. Jeff Savell, 979-845-3935, j-savell@tamu.edu

WASHINGTON – Dr. Jeffrey W. Savell, regents professor and E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal chair in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University, recently received a regional national teaching award for food and agriculture science from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

The award was presented at the association’s 126th annual meeting, which honored university faculty for the use of innovative teaching methods and service to students.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the association’s annual awards include stipends of $5,000 for the national winners and $2,000 for regional and new teacher honorees to be used for improving teaching at their respective universities.

Dr. Jeffrey W. Savell, regents professor and E.M. "Manny" Rosenthal Chair in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Jeffrey W. Savell, regents professor and E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal Chair in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University.

“When alumni recall their college days, they often think of teachers who had the biggest impact on them,” said Ian Maw, the association’s vice president of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources. “The teachers presented with these awards will be fondly remembered for their service to students, to the teaching profession and to their chosen disciplines. The value of these teachers to their universities cannot be overstated.”

Since joining the department of animal science at Texas A&M University in 1979, Savell has been involved in teaching a wide variety of classes and mentoring a number of present and future leaders in academia, government, and industry. Since 1982, he has has taught more than 8,000 students, some of whom are second generation, in his Animal Science 307 “Meats” class.

He also teaches an undergraduate livestock and meat marketing class, a graduate course in carcass composition and quality, and team-teaches a graduate and undergraduate course in Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points and a first-year seminar class on Texas barbecue.

Savell has been recognized by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents as a regents professor.  He also received the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching at both the university and college levels.  Nationally, he was selected by the North American Meat Processors Association for the Harry L. Rudnick Educator’s Award, and has received the American Meat Science Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Most recently, he received the Cintron University Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence award for his outstanding work with undergraduate students.

Savell’s research efforts have been recognized with numerous university, regional, and national awards for individual and team efforts to resolve key issues in the livestock and meat industries.

Savell is a past-president of the American Meat Science Association and is a member of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame.

Savell earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Texas A&M.

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities is a research, policy, and advocacy organization representing 223 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems and related organizations.

Founded in 1887, the association is the nation’s oldest higher education organization with member institutions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories and Canada. Annually, member campuses enroll 4 million undergraduates and 1.2 million graduate students, award over 1 million degrees, employ over 1 million faculty and staff, and conduct $39 billion in university-based research.

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