Savell receives regional National Teaching Award for Food and Agriculture Sciences

Jeff Savell

Jeff Savell

WASHINGTON, DC (November 10, 2013). Dr. Jeffrey W. Savell, Regents Professor and E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal Chairholder, Holder of the Cintron University Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, received one of the regional National Teaching Awards for Food and Agriculture Science. The award was presented today at the 126th APLU Annual Meeting now underway in Washington, DC and honors 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 (AASCU) and APLU, the 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.

“When alumni recall their college days, they often think of teachers who had the biggest impact on them,” said Ian Maw, vice president of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources at APLU. “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 great number of present and future leaders in academia, government, and industry.  Since 1982, Savell has taught over 8,000 students in ANSC 307, “Meats,” some of which are second generation.  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 HACCP and a first-year seminar class on Texas Barbecue.

Dr. Savell has been recognized by the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System 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 as Harry L. Rudnick Educator’s Award, and he has received the American Meat Science Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Most recently, he received the Cintron University Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence for his outstanding work with undergraduate students.

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

Dr. 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 B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University.

Catherine Woteki, Jeff Savell, and Mark Hussey

Catherine Woteki, Jeff Savell, and Mark Hussey

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization representing 223 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and related organizations.  Founded in 1887, APLU is the nation’s oldest higher education association 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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