Mark Cook, 2013 recipient of the Jung Excellence in Teaching Award

Dean Kate VandenBosch and Mark Cook

The Jung Excellence in Teaching Award has been sponsored by Jung Seed Genetics, Inc., of Randolph, Wisconsin, since 1967. This year’s winner is Mark Cook, from the Department of Animal Sciences.

Mark has been at CALS since 1983, when he was a postdoctoral student in poultry science. He currently teaches several regular courses and is a guest lecturer in numerous classes across campus.

A dedicated and innovative teacher, Mark ensures that each of his students understands and can apply the material he teaches. One student said, “I have had countless professors on this campus; however none of them have ever challenged me nor taught me nearly as much as Dr. Mark Cook.”

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mark has an active lab where he mentors undergraduate research projects and trains graduate students.

Students are clearly a priority for Mark. He is a mentor and advisor, and he supports student activities such as Club 101, a livestock show aimed at familiarizing students, particularly those from an urban background, with working one-on-one with a livestock animal and preparing that animal for a show.

Mark is an inspiration to students, who consistently rate him as an excellent instructor.