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NMSU Animal Science Professor Wins Distinguished Teaching Award

LAS CRUCES-Tim Ross, animal science professor at New Mexico State University, received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Western Section, American Society of Animal Science at its meeting June 25 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Tim Ross, with wife Paula, accepted the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Western Section of American Society of Animal Science June 25. An NMSU professor for more than 20 years, Ross is a favorite among students because of his patience and enthusiasm in the classroom. (07/03/2003) Courtesy photo

Ross has taught NMSU undergraduate and graduate courses in introductory animal science, sheep and wool production, environmental physiology and the graduate research methods in animal science course. More than 1,500 students have taken his freshman introductory animal science course since 1986. Ross has served as faculty adviser to the Block and Bridle Club, Alpha Zeta and Pre-Vet Club. He has advised 21 master's degree and 10 doctoral students.

Jack Thomas, NMSU animal science professor, attributes Ross' popularity with students to his patience, understanding and enthusiasm in the classroom. Thomas said Ross gives each student his undivided attention and respect. "There have been many times when students were lined up outside his office waiting their turn to see him," Thomas said in his nomination letter. "They insist on seeing Tim and are willing to wait their turn."

Dennis Hallford, animal science professor, said Ross has a strong rapport with students. "He has taught numerous courses and has done an exceptional job of advising students all the way from their freshman to graduate years."

An active member of the American Society of Animal Science since 1982, Ross has served on the teaching, graduate student competition, and advisory and coordinating committees. He has authored and co-authored 25 journal articles, 76 abstracts, three research bulletins, one book chapter and 61 Western section proceeding papers.

Ross chaired NMSU's Graduate Council and Athletic Council and served on the Faculty Senate. An assistant department head, he has served on various animal and range sciences committees and the college promotion and tenure committee, academic appeals board and department heads' council.

In 1997, Ross received a grant from the International Programs at NMSU to study livestock production in Mexico. That year, he received one of only four U. S. Department of Agriculture fellowships to gain firsthand experience with the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Ross has been named an Honorary State Farmer and received the New Mexico FFA Distinguished Service Award in 2000. In 1995, he received the Teaching Award of
Merit from the National Association of College Teachers of Agriculture. In 1994, he received the Distinguished Award for Graduate Teaching and Advising from the New Mexico Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta.

Ross earned bachelor's and master's degrees in animal science from the University of Arkansas in 1973 and 1977, respectively. He received a doctorate in reproductive physiology from North Carolina State University in 1982.