Nominate by March 16 for USDA food and ag sciences teaching awards

March 16 is the deadline is the 2009 USDA National Awards Program for Excellence in University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences. The program is open to faculty in all food and agricultural sciences disciplines (see definition below). Recipients receive a stipend, plaque and national recognition during the national NASULGC convention.

Nominees must be employed by a college or university that: (1) confers a baccalaureate or higher degree in at least one area of the food and agricultural sciences for which the teacher is nominated, (2) has demonstrated a commitment to the food and agricultural sciences, and (3) attributes a high priority to its education mission. A nominee must hold a full-time appointment as an active faculty member as of the submission due date and have responsibility for teaching in an area of the food and agricultural sciences. Award categories are available for new teachers (less than five years teaching experience) as well as for regional and national recipients who have taught at least five years.

For program description, nomination guidelines, and nomination forms visit:

According to the USDA, “Food and agricultural sciences denotes teaching activities concerned with the production, processing, marketing, distribution, conservation, consumption, research, and development of food and agriculturally related products and services, inclusive of academic programs in agriculture, natural resources, forestry, veterinary medicine, human sciences / family and consumer sciences, and closely allied fields.”

For more information contact P. Gregory Smith at CREES at 202-720-2067 or