West Virginia Universitys Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences has announced its selections for outstanding faculty in teaching, research and service for the 2001-2002 academic year. Honorees include Stacy Gartin for excellence in teaching; P. Brett Kenney for excellence in research; and Kerry Odell for excellence in service.
Gartin, professor of agriculture and environmental education in the Davis Colleges Division of Resource Management, is”both in and out of the classroom, devoted to the betterment of his students, his department, his college and his state,”according to biochemistry major and 2002 WVU Foundation Outstanding Senior Roger Hanshaw.
Advising over 45 students and teaching three to five classes per semester, Dr. Gartin dedicates much of his professional career not only to teaching but also to mentoring and encouraging his students. This isnt the first time Gartin has been recognized for outstanding work with students; he was recently named the recipient of the David E. Samuel Faculty Excellence Award.
Odell, also a professor of agricultural and environmental education, served as acting Associate Dean for Academic Affairs last year. Colleagues describe Dr. Odells service to the Davis College, WVU and the state in glowing terms. He played a significant role in the coordination of the announcement and dedication ceremony for the renaming of the Davis College in September, subsequent to the unit receiving the largest private gift in WVU s history. He participates on 11 Davis College and WVU committees and is co-director of the popular West Virginia FFA Career Development Events held for hundreds of junior and high school students s each fall.
As the secretary and chair-elect of the Eastern Region of the American Association for Agricultural Educators, Odell serves his profession at the regional and national level. He also is on the steering committee for the Five-Star Consortium, which includes universities and state departments of education from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia.
Kenney, associate professor of meat science in the Davis Colleges Division of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, is a leading researcher in the food safety arena. This year alone, Kenney has had one paper published and two accepted for publication based on food safety research. Kenneys students play an active role in his research projects; he and his students have presented five abstracts at regional or national meetings this year. Kenney currently has four grant projects in progress and one proposal submitted.
Faculty honored for teaching, research and service were selected by the Davis College’s Peer Review Committee. Each of the Davis College’s five academic Divisions (Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry, Plant and Soil Sciences and Resource Management) forwarded nominees in each category; they were then evaluated by the committee.