NACTA Awards

NACTA Teaching AwardsSeven Awards given by North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)

One of the central purposes of NACTA is to recognize those individuals whose efforts represent the very best in agricultural higher education. Thus, NACTA seeks to inspire all of us to achieve the highest levels of excellence. At the same time, NACTA seeks to encourage these colleagues to share with us their methods of achieving excellence. The nominator does not have to be from the same institution as the nominee, but the nominator should contact the nominee's Department Chair as a professional courtesy.

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Distinguished Educator Award

The NACTA Distinguished Educator Award is presented to a NACTA member with ten years or more of service to post-secondary education in agriculture. Criteria for the award is based on evidence of meritorious service to post-secondary education in agriculture including service to NACTA (promotion, support or involvement with the organization) and involvement with one or more of the following: teaching, educational research, or educational administration.

A complete listing of all former winners is available at NACTA's website.

YearRecipientDepartment
2013 Ron Hanson Agricultural Economics
2009 Steve Waller College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources
2001 Don Edwards College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources
1993 Robert Sorensen Agronomy
1991 Ted Hartung College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources
1984 Franklin Eldridge Animal Science

NACTA John Deere Award

 The award is designed to recognize outstanding teachers and programs of agricultural business, technology and/or management in post-secondary schools and colleges. Special emphasis is placed on preparation of students for employment in the areas of management, sales, service, processing and production.

A complete listing of all former winners is available at NACTA's website.

YearRecipientDepartment
1997 Ronald Hanson Agricultural Economics
1996 Jack Schinstock Biological Systems Engineering

Teaching Scholar Award (formerly Regional Outstanding Teacher)

The NACTA Teaching Scholar Award (previously called the Regional Outstanding Teacher Award) is presented to a maximum of 1% of the NACTA membership body. These individuals should demonstrate a heavier commitment to NACTA since earning the Teacher Fellow Award (now called the NACTA Educator Award) and be clear about their involvement with NACTA, the NACTA Journal, and our NACTA annual conference. Teachers seeking this award should also demonstrate a teaching influence beyond their own campus.

A complete list of former winners is available on the NACTA website.

YearRecipientDepartment
2008 Richard Waldren Agronomy and Horticulture
1996 Ronald Hanson Agricultural Economics
1992 Dennis Brink Animal Science
1985 Lowell Moser Agronomy and Horticulture
1984 Anne Johnson Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
1975 Robert Sorensen Agronomy

NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award

The purpose of the NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award is to recognize and reward graduate students who excel as teachers in the agricultural disciplines. The award is for NACTA graduate student members who are involved in classroom instruction. The NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award is a criterion-based award and is reviewed by a committee of NACTA members. To qualify for the award, a graduate student must have been involved in classroom teaching for a minimum of one year. Criteria included in the evaluation are the graduate student's teaching philosophy, statement of support from supervising faculty, evaluations submitted by students and an administrative officer, a self-evaluation, involvement in teaching outside the classroom, and a description of the candidate's specific teaching involvement.

A complete listing is available on the NACTA website.

YearRecipient
2010 John Quinn IV 
2009 Makram Geha
2002 Mark Burbach
2003 Lilian Gomez Alvarez
2003 Jolene Schauer

NACTA Teaching Award of Excellence

The NACTA Teaching Award of Excellence is presented to one individual who demonstrates excellence in post-secondary instruction in agriculture. To qualify for the award, a NACTA member must have previously received the NACTA Teacher Fellow Award and currently be on a full-time appointment involving at least 25% teaching.

A complete list of former winners is available on NACTA's website.

YearRecipientDepartment
2002, national Ronald Hanson Agricultural Economics

NACTA Educator Award(Formerly Teaching Fellow)

The NACTA Teacher Fellow Award is a criterion based award and is reviewed by a committee of NACTA members. To qualify for the award a NACTA member must have been on a full-time appointment involving at least 25% teaching for at least the past five years. Criteria included in the evaluation are the instructor's teaching philosophy; evaluations submitted by current students, alumni, administrative officers, and peers; a self-evaluation as well as factors such as availability to students, teaching innovations, and departmental/institutional activity.

A complete list of former winners is available on NACTA's website.

RecipientDepartmentYear
2009 Cheryl Bailey Biochemistry
2009 Darrell Mark Agricultural Economics
2009 Bryan Reiling Animal Science
2008 Martha Mamo Agronomy and Horticulture
2007 Dann Husmann Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
2006 Steven Rodie Agronomy and Horticulture
2002 James King Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
2000 Glenn Helmers Agricultural Economics
1999 Rhae Drijber Agronomy and Horticulture
1999 Susan Fritz Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
1998 Osmund Gilbertson Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
1998 Larry Larson Animal Science
1997 Joyce Povlacs-Lunde Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
1997 Ellen Paparozzi Agronomy
1996 Betsy Dierberger Agronomy
1996 Ronald Hanson Agricultural Economics
1995 Ted Doane Animal Science
1995 Anne Parkhurst Statistics
1995 Daniel Walters Agronomy
1994 Chris Calkins Animal Science
1994 Earl Ellington Animal Science
1994 David Lewis Horticulture
1992 Leverne Barrett Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
1992 Dennis Brink Animal Science
1992 Ronald Case Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife
1992 Thomas Silletto Biological Systems Engineering
1990 John Ward Animal Science
1989 Dennis McCallister Agronomy
1987 Steven Lowry Animal Science
1986 Virginia Book Agricultural Communication
1986 Jack Schinstock Biological Systems Engineering
1985 Lowell Moser Agronomy
1984 Anne Johnson Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
1983 Richard Waldren Agronomy
1975 Robert Sorensen Agronomy

Murray Brown Leadership Award

This is a national award recognizing a NACTA member who has achieved a distinguished and sustained record of leadership. Recipients of this award are recognized at the Annual NACTA Conference with a plaque and a cash award supported by the Murray Brown endowment.

A complete list of former winners is available on NACTA's website.

YearRecipientDepartment
2011 Ronald Hanson Agricultural Economics

Award of Merit

Each year as the Institutional contact for NACTA, you can request a Teaching Award of Merit Certificate for faculty members you wish to recognize for their accomplishments as a teacher. If you have graduate students who teach, you can also request a certificate for your students. The president of NACTA signs these certificates. They are then signed by one of your administrators before being presented on your campus. The recipient of the certificate/s is determined within your campus.

More information is available on NACTA's website.

YearRecipientDepartment
2017 Steve Harris Plant Pathology
2016 Michael Carlson School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences
2015 Lisa Karr-Lilienthal Department of Animal Science
2014 David Hardin School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences
2013 Tom Hoegemeyer Agronomy and Horticulture
2012 David Lambe Agronomy and Horticulture
2011 Rodger Johnson Animal Science
2010 Gerald Horst Agronomy and Horticulture
2009 Terrance Riordan Agronomy and Horticulture
2008 Larkin Powell School of Natural Resources
2007 Michael Carlson Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
2006 Madhaven Soundararajan Biochemistry
2005 Steve Danielson Entomology
2004 Robert Kuzelka School of Natural Resources
2003 John Markwell Biochemistry
2002 Lloyd Bell Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
2001 James Partridge Plant Pathology
1998 Dennis Conley Agricultural Economics
1993 Laura Casari Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
1992 Ron Hanson Agricultural Economics
1991 Dennis Brink Animal Science
1990 Chris Calkins Animal Science
1989 Glen Froning Food Science and Technology
1988 Myra Wilhite Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
1987 Anne Parkhurst Statistics
1986 Tom Silletto Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
1985 Ron Case School of Natural Resources
1984 Jack Schinstock Biological Systems Engineering