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NMSU Professor Wins National Teaching Award

LAS CRUCES - Robert Torres, associate professor of agricultural and extension education at New Mexico State University will receive the 2000 Regional Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in College and University Teaching Award from the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges on Nov. 13 in San Antonio, Texas. Torres will receive a $2,000 stipend to be used for improvement of teaching at NMSU.

Torres teaches undergraduate classes in teacher education and graduate courses in research and statistics. He has written or co-written more than 50 teaching and learning publications and has won several awards including, the national outstanding young member of the American Association for Agricultural Education, the Western region outstanding young member and the NMSU Faculty Achievement Award. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural and extension education from NMSU and his doctorate in agricultural education from The Ohio State University.

The award is the highest teaching recognition that a faculty member can receive in agriculture. The Excellence in College and University Teaching of Food and Agricultural Sciences Awards Program was authorized by Congress in 1990. The program generates nominations from a wide spectrum of departments in agriculture, natural resources, veterinary science and human sciences. Nominees in national and regional categories are evaluated on the basis of their ability as classroom teachers, use of innovative teaching methods, service to students and their profession, and achievements in scholarship.