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Kelley Honored With Two National Awards

Dec. 10, 2012
SHSU Media Contact: Julia May

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Stanley Kelley

Stanley Kelley, chair and professor in Sam Houston State University’s department of agricultural and industrial sciences, was recently awarded the 2012 United States Department of Agriculture Food and Agriculture Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2012 American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources Distinguished Educator Award.

Kelley is the first recipient from Sam Houston State to receive either of the national awards.

The USDA Excellence in Teaching Award is awarded to one recipient in the southern region and was presented during the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities annual conference in Denver, Colo., last month.

The southern region award selection encompasses 15 states and is awarded based on the quality of achievements involving teaching philosophy, methodology and self-assessment aimed at improvement. It recognizes faculty who both practice and promote effective, innovative teaching. The awards program focuses national attention on the role of teaching, which is fundamental to recruiting and retaining the scientific and professional expertise essential to the future growth and progress of the nation’s food and agricultural system, according to a statement from the USDA.

In October, Kelley was awarded The American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources Distinguished Educator Award, which is awarded to one recipient from the 45 AASCARR member institutions. The award was presented during the organization’s annual meeting at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The award is to recognize meritorious teaching for individuals with more than seven years of teaching in higher education.

A number of Kelley’s students wrote letters in support of his nomination for the awards. In one letter, a student said, “Of all my classes Dr. Kelley’s are the ones that stick out in my mind…he expects a tremendous amount of efforts from his students, but he exerts a greater amount in his teaching.

“Another wrote, “Every day I use what I learned from Dr. Kelley….he takes it past the classroom and makes it relevant to the real world.”



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