Dr. Ty Lawerence
Dr. Ty Lawrence, assistant professor of animal science, has been named the 2009 Distinguished Young Educator by the American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources (AASCARR) and will be honored Oct. 6 during the organization’s annual meeting at Sul Ross State University in Alpine.
The AASCARR Distinguished Young Educator Award was created to recognize exemplary teaching by a young professional with at least five years of teaching experience in higher education. In addition to receiving the coveted award, Lawrence will have the opportunity to share his award-winning teaching and teaching/learning philosophy with those attending the annual meeting.
Lawrence, who grew up on a cow-calf operation in Dalhart, earned two degrees from WTAMU—a bachelor’s degree in 1997 and a master’s degree in 1999—and his Ph.D. in 2002 from Kansas State University. He joined the faculty at WTAMU in 2004 after two years as a research manager with Smithfield Foods. In addition to a teaching load that includes both undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-level courses, he is busy as director of the University Meat Laboratory and works with the Livestock and Meat Judging teams.
“In my career, I have witnessed outstanding teachers, but none could compare to Dr. Ty Lawrence,” Dr. Dean Hawkins, professor and head of the Department of Agricultural Sciences at WTAMU, said. “His breadth and depth of knowledge on diverse subject matter and ability to convey complex subject matter to both undergraduates and graduate students is extraordinary.
“His concern that students not only learn, but understand the subject matter he instructs is genuine and personal. He motivates all students to be better than they ever imagined they could be. To say that he is an excellent teacher almost diminishes what he actually does.”