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Herbert College of Agriculture Annual Awards

The mission of the Herbert College of Agriculture is to prepare students for careers in agriculture, natural resources, and other arenas. We recognize excellence of our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and supporters through our annual awards.

Our 2020 Award Recipients

We were sad to announce that our sixtieth annual Herbert College of Agriculture Awards Reception  that was set for April 7, 2020 was cancelled. We are excited to celebrate and showcase our faculty, staff, and student award recipients virtually here on our website. Please help us recognize their accomplishments!

Karen DeLong, Agricultural and Resource Economics

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

"She began her career by establishing herself as a valuable and integral teacher, advisor, mentor, and researcher." -Jada Thompson

Lannett Edwards, Animal Science

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Professor in the Department of Animal Science Specialization: Animal Scientist: Reproductive Physiology/Embryology

" Passion and dedication immediately come to mind when I think of Dr. Edwards and her teaching abilities" -Jesse Shanks

Jennie Ivey, Animal Science

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science Specialization: Equine nutrition and exercise physiology

"Dr. Ivey has been incredibly creative in her efforts to provide our undergraduate students an opportunity to advance their research knowledge and writing abilities" -Neal Schrick

Kim Jensen, Agricultural and Resource Economics

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Professor in the department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Specialization: Agricultural marketing, consumer preferences, agribusiness, economic impacts

"Dr. Jensen intentionally teaches her students the importance of conducting background research before attempting to analyze a market, network with potential investors, or begin inventive thinking." -Mackenzie Gill

Sharon Jean-Philippe, Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries

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Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries

"Her talent and amazing energy and passion for the subject matter fosters student discussions and promotes life-long learning and engagement with natural resources." -Lisa Muller

Cheryl Kojima, Animal Science

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Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science

"She is more than willing to set aside time for her students and to help them realize their goals." -Alena Lee

Karen DeLong, Agricultural and Resource Economics

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

"She values one-on-one student enrichment in helping students discover for themselves and grasp difficult concepts." -Kim Jensen

Bill Park, Agricultural and Resource Economics

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Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

"The impact Dr. Park has made in students’ lives and within the Department cannot be expressed enough. He is special and gifted at what he does." -Kim Jensen

Kyla-Jo Farmer, Animal Science

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Admin Specialist II in the Department of Animal Science

"She works hard at her job and deals with challenges that arise with both integrity and humility." -Denice MIlligan

Jerri Marr, 1992, BS in Forestry

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Marr, a graduate of the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries has dedicated her career to the protection and care of the nation’s forests.

"Jerri's life and career exemplify what the UT Institute of Agriculture can do when our youth education components feed the Herbert College with eager-to-learn students." -Lisa Muller

Sharon Glover, Mabel’s Cafeteria, Aramark

Examples of the the extraordinary value Sharon is to the Herbert College of Agriculture:

“Ms. Sharon is the highlight of Ag. Campus”-Christian Dalton

“Ms. Sharon has made my graduate experience brighter by always offering a joyful “hey sweetie” followed by a sincere smile. I cannot imagine a more deserving Volunteer to be recognized for her service to our great University.” – K. Alan Robertson

“Over the five years that I have known Ms. Sharon, she has always been one of the better parts of my day. We have had endless conversations about how school is going, what is going on in her life, or whatever comes to mind (even though it might be at the expense of all others in line behind me). She has even gone as far as buying my lunch if she found out it was my birthday. Her always positive attitude and kindness that she has shown to undergraduates, graduates, staff, and faculty makes Herbert feel like home, and she will be one of the people I miss most once I graduate and move on.” -Ty Wolaver

Amanda Lee, Animal Science

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Grad Research Assistant in the Department of Animal Science Specialization: Animal Health and Well Being

"Her dedication to self-improvement shows her continuing effort to ensure University of Tennessee Animal Science Students are receiving the best education."

Hayley Dixon, Animal Science

Isabella Fahrenholz, Junior, Animal Science

The student selected to receive the cash and plaque is a full time student (fall and spring semester) in the Herbert College of Agriculture and graduate of a Tennessee high school and has earned the highest grade point average through the fifth semester.

Freshman

Samantha Roberts

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Samantha Roberts, Freshmen in the Department of Animal Science student

Sophomores

Loren Foley
Kendall Martin

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Loren Foley, Sophomore in the Department of Animal Science.
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Kendall Martin, Sophomore in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department.

Juniors

Jacob Eicher
Garrett Franklin
Miranda “Gabbi” Martin

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Jacob Eicher, Junior in the agricultural and Resource Economics Department.
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Garrett Franklin, Junior in the Department of Animal Science.
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Gabbi Martin, Junior in the Department of Animal Science.

Seniors

John Calvin Bryant
Madison Oehler
Mary Lynn Marks
Caleb Starnes

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John Calvin Bryant, Senior in the Food Science Department.
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Madison Oehler, Senior in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science.
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Mary Lynn Marks, Senior in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department.
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Caleb Starnes, Senior in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department.


HERBERT COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE NOMINATION PROCEDURES FOR FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENT AWARDS


Awards for Faculty

One faculty member with ten (10) or fewer years of faculty experience and one faculty member with greater than ten (10) years of faculty experience will be recognized at the Herbert College of Agriculture Awards reception, generally held in early April. 

Faculty may be tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure track and are nominated by Herbert student organizations (clubs, judging teams, service and honor societies), departments, or individuals. Each may recommend one faculty member in each category. Those submitting nominations should also be prepared to assist nominees in preparing the nomination packet. 

The nomination packet (12 pages maximum) includes the following items for each nominated faculty member: 

  • Letters of nomination by organization/ individual (2 pages maximum) This should include the appointment of the faculty member. 
  • Letters of recommendation (2 letters maximum) 
    • Letters of recommendation (2 letters maximum) 
    • One faculty colleague (2 pages maximum)
  • One undergraduate or graduate student advisee (2 pages maximum) 
  • Brief summary of the following (4 pages maximum): 
    • Personal information 
    • Educational background 
    • Honors and awards related to teaching 
    • Other professional honors
    • Description of the nominee’s engagement in the Herbert educational program (courses, advising, honors program, student organizations, etc.) 
  • Nominee’s statement of teaching and philosophy (1 page) 
  • Summary of research in lay terms and list and years of courses taught

Only one packet need be submitted if a faculty member is nominated by more than one individual or group. Special mention of support from multiple groups should be made in the nomination letter, but letters of nomination from each group of individuals should be included. 

Committee members: Students representative of multiple majors of the College, as selected by the Dean’s office in consultation with department faculty. 

Nomination materials for those not selected will be retained and considered for the next two years. Recipients are not eligible if they were an award winner in either category within the past five years. 

Past recipients who are ineligible in 2020 (ten or fewer years followed by ten or greater years): 

2019: David Butler, Plant Science, and Bill Park Aricultural Resource Economics

2018: Jason Smith, Animal Science, and Cheryl Kojima, Animal Science

2017: Lacey Johnston, Animal Science and Neal Schrick, Animal Science

2016: Brad Collett, Plant Sciences, and Dwight Loveday, Food Science

2015: Michael Smith, Animal Science, and Sharon Jean-Philippe, Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries

2014: Jerome Grant, Entomology and Plant Pathology, and David Roper, Animal Science 

The W. S. Overton Faculty Award of Merit is presented annually by the Herbert College of Agriculture at the College Awards Reception, generally held in early April, to a tenured/tenure-track faculty member who makes notable contributions to the development of students. Outstanding classroom teaching, effective student advising, positive contributions, and work with student organizations and/or outstanding direction of graduate student theses and dissertations would be factors considered in making this award. Recipients also receive the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award of Merit Certificate. 

The nomination packet includes the following items for each nominated faculty member:

  • A letter of nomination from the department head or his/her designate that discusses the merits of the faculty member’s teaching program, 
  • Resume/curriculum vitae that includes contributions to the teaching/advising program, and 
  • A statement of teaching and advising philosophy.

Committee members: Selection is made by an ad hoc committee composed of faculty and students named by the associate dean. 

Nomination materials for those not selected will be retained and considered for the next two years. Recipients are not eligible if they were awardees in the past three years. 

Past recipients who are ineligible in 2020: 

2019: David Buckley, Forestry Wildlife and Fisheries 

2018: Mike Smith, Animal Science

2017: J. Lannett Edwards, Animal Science 

2016: Cheryl Kojima, Animal Science

The Williams-Lidvall Outstanding Teaching Award is presented annually at the Institute of Agriculture’s Awards and Promotions Luncheon. It is given to a current faculty member in the Herbert College of Agriculture with a record of success in the classroom and demonstrated commitment to the interest of students as evidenced by their performance as an academic adviser, as well as their support and participation in student initiatives and activities, such as serving as an advisor to student clubs or organizations. This award was established by Donald E. Williams from Nashville, Tennessee, to honor his former professor and mentor, E.R. “Prof” Lidvall. Williams graduated from UT in the spring of 1961 with a BS in Animal Science. 

The nomination package includes the following items: 

  • A letter of nomination from the department head or designate, 
  • Resume of accomplishments (to include pertinent information pertaining to the nominee’s involvement in the teaching and advising program), 
  • Copies of student evaluations from the past five years, and 
  • No more than five supporting letters.

Committee members: Selection is made by an ad hoc committee composed of faculty and students named by the associate dean. 

Nomination materials for those not selected will be retained and considered for the next two years. 

Recipients are encouraged to meet with the donor and/or provide him with a report on their activities. Correspondence should be directed to Donald E. Williams, 188 Moultrie Park, Nashville, TN 37205-4715.

Undergraduate research has become a hallmark of excellence in land-grant universities. The Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award recognizes an outstanding faculty or staff member who has made significant contributions to the development of undergraduate research. Examples include directly mentoring undergraduate student research projects (especially published results), supporting undergraduate research through developing and supporting presentation or publication, or providing other support that resulted in enhanced student accomplishment through research. 

Nominations can be made by faculty, staff, students, and alumni (including former undergraduate researchers now in graduate school). Nominators should work with the nominee to develop nomination packets. 

The nomination packet must include the following, not to exceed 10 pages:

  • Letter of nomination by the nominator (2 pages maximum) 
  • Letter of recommendation from a campus colleague (2 pages maximum) 
  • Brief summary of the following (4 pages maximum): 
    • Personal information 
    • Educational background 
    • Honors and awards 
    • Information on how the nominee has supported undergraduate research, which may include list of students, projects, student publications/presentations, grants/funding to support undergraduate research, etc. 
  • Nominee’s statement of philosophy on mentorship of undergraduate research (1 page maximum)

Committee members: Selection is made by an ad hoc committee composed of faculty/staff and students named by the associate dean. 

Nomination materials for those not selected will be retained and considered for the next two years. Recipients are not eligible if they were awardees in the past five years. 

Past recipients who are ineligible in 2020: 

2019: Vermont Dia, Food Science

2018: Nour Abdoulmoumine, Biosystems

2017: Emma Willcox, Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries

2016: Hank Kattesh, Animal Science

2015: Dean Kopsell, Plant Sciences

2014: Kim Gwinn, Entomology and Plant Pathology (first awardee)

One faculty member (tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure track) or professional staff member who serves as an academic advisor is recognized for outstanding advising of undergraduate and/or graduate students and service to student organizations. The recipient is invited to attend the Herbert College Awards Reception, generally held in early April. The recipient will also be recognized for their support of students at the spring college commencement ceremony and be asked
to address the graduates.

Nominations can be made by Herbert College clubs, organizations, individuals, and/or departments. Each may recommend one faculty member or professional staff member. Nominations may also be self-nominations.

Those submitting nominations should also be prepared to assist nominees in preparing the nomination packet and making sure the nomination packet is submitted by the due date.

Only one packet need be submitted if a person is nominated by more than one individual or group. Special mention of multiple support groups should be made in the nomination letter, but letters of nomination from each group or individuals should be included.

The nomination packet (not to exceed 11 pages) includes the following items for each nominated faculty member or professional staff:

  • Letters of nomination by organization/individual (2 pages maximum)
  • Letters of recommendation (limit of 2 letters):
    • One faculty colleague (2 pages maximum)
    • One undergraduate or graduate student advisee (2 pages maximum)
  • Brief summary of the following (4 pages maximum):
    • Personal information
    • Educational background
    • Honors and awards
    • Role and experience in advising undergraduate and graduate students and student organizations
  • Nominee’s statement of philosophy of advising (1 page)
    Committee members: Students representative of multiple majors of the College, as selected by the Dean’s office in consultation with department faculty.

Nomination materials for those not selected will be retained and considered for the next two years.

Recipients are not eligible if they were awardees in the past five years. Past recipients who are ineligible in 2020:

2019: Chris Graves, Forestry Wildlife and Fisheries

2018: Neal Schrick, Animal Science

2017: Mike Smith, Animal Science2016: Gina Pighetti, Animal Science

2015: Jessica Harris Shanks, Animal Science

2014: Grey Parks, Animal Science



Awards for Faculty Staff and Students

The Glyn and Lynda Newton Research and Development Award is presented to a student or Institute of Agriculture faculty or staff member whose research has resulted in a commercial product or venture and/or that has resulted in the formation, relocation, or new location of a company into Tennessee. Nominees will be reviewed on the basis of the significance of their contributions towards a commercial product or enterprise. 

Nominations can be made by faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Nominators should work with the nominee to develop nomination packets. 

The nomination packet should include the following:

  • Letter from nominee indicating how they conceived of and developed the product, process, or enterprise and 
  • Two letters from stakeholders who have benefitted from the product or venture (e.g., distributor, user, company officer, etc.

Committee members: Selection is made by an ad hoc committee composed of faculty/staff and students named by the associate dean. 

Nomination materials for those not selected will be retained and considered for the next two years.

Past Recipients:

2019: Dr. Amit Naskar, Joint Faculty Associate Professor, Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries – Center for Renewable Carbon

2016: Mr. Shawn Butler, Graduate Research Assistant, Entomology & Plant Pathology

2015: Dr. Fred Allen, Professor and Coordinator, Plant Sciences

This award honors the memory of Dr. John Riley through recognizing those individuals who have had a deep, positive impact on the lives of others with whom they work, teach, or advise/mentor. Dr. John B. Riley was former dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and a professor of agricultural and resource economics. 

Dr. Riley was a servant leader, lifelong learner, and mentor that held caring for others, critical excellence, and truly making a difference in people’s lives in the highest regard. He received the College’s Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award in 2003 and the Lidvall Outstanding Teaching Award in 2004. He was a president of the UT Faculty Club, active in 4-H, and an advisor for the FarmHouse fraternity. He coached the National AgriMarketing Association (NAMA) Marketing Teams at both Kansas State and UT. His teams won several national competitions, and Riley was recognized for his work with the National NAMA Careers Committee by being the only person to receive NAMA’s National Leadership Award. 

The Dr. John B. Riley Life Impact Award is presented annually to one individual by the Herbert College of Agriculture at the College Awards Reception. Faculty, staff, or graduate students are eligible to receive the award. Nominations can be made by faculty, staff, or students. The nomination packet will include: 

  • Letter of nomination that addresses : 
    • The nature and quality of the nominees work 
    • Context(s) in which lives have been impacted (classroom, co-curricularly, day-to-day, administratively, or peer-to-peer) 
    • Description of the positive impacts the nominee has made on others’ lives 
  • Curriculum vitae or resume 
  • 1-2 supporting letters from persons affected by, or who have noticed others positively affected by, the nominee’s efforts

An individual may receive this award no more than once.

Selection is made by a screening committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff as appointed by the College Dean’s Office. 

Past recipients: 

2019: William Hart, Biosystems Engineering 

2018: Arthur Leal, Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications 



Awards for Faculty and Staff

The Glyn and Lynda Newton Creative and Critical Thinking Award is presented to Institute of Agriculture faculty or staff members who incorporate challenges and teaching methods that help students develop their creative and critical thinking skills. Nominees will be reviewed based on documentation of methods that elevate students’ abilities to think and solve problems critically and creatively. Documentation should indicate how the skills taught in class or other learning situations were/are transferrable across vocations or situations outside of the course or situation. 

Nominations can be made by faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Nominators should work with the nominee to develop nomination packets. 

The nomination packet should include the following:

  • Letter of nomination from current or former student about how the class or learning situation stimulated their creative and critical thinking skills (2 pages maximum) 
  • Syllabus or description of assignment which documents the instructional method(s) used to achieve development of creative and critical thinking skills 
  • Letter from the nominee that describes their philosophy and approach to teaching creative and critical thinking skills (1 page maximum) 
  • Nomination letter from the department head and undergraduate or graduate coordinator (1 page maximum)

Committee members: Selection is made by an ad hoc committee composed of faculty/staff and students named by the associate dean. 

Nomination materials for those not selected will be retained and considered for the next two years. Recipients are not eligible if they were awardees in the past five years. 

Past recipients who are ineligible in 2020: 

2019: Andrew Muhammad, Agricultural and Resource Economics 

2018: Not awarded

2017: Christopher Stripling, Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications

2016: Gina Pighetti, Animal Science

The Glyn and Lynda Newton Entrepreneurial Development Award is presented to an Institute of Agriculture faculty or staff member whose work and/or teaching helps students develop their entrepreneurial skills. Nominations will be based on evidence that the nominees’ efforts have helped students acquire sufficient skills that show an understanding and proven ability to be entrepreneurs by developing and marketing a product, method, or other concept. 

The nomination packet should include the following:

  • One to two letters from current or previous students 
  • Letter from the nominee that describes their philosophy and goals for teaching students to be entrepreneurial 
  • Letter from the nominator that states how the nominee has been successful in accomplishing the goals of entrepreneurship

Committee members: Selection is made by an ad hoc committee composed of faculty/staff and students named by the associate dean. 

Nomination materials for those not selected will be retained and considered for the next two years. Recipients are not eligible if they were awardees in the past five years. 

Past recipients who are ineligible in 2020: 

2019: Not Awarded

2018: Chris Boyer, Agricultural and Resource Economics

2017: Jonathan Walton, Agricultural and Resource Economics



Awards for Staff

One award will be given to a staff member who has displayed extraordinary service and support of the Herbert College of Agriculture mission. The recipient may be a full-time, exempt, or nonexempt clerical, technical, or professional staff member who is involved with the teaching program. The recipient will be invited to the Herbert College of Agriculture Awards Reception, generally held in early April. 

Staff members are nominated by Herbert student organizations (clubs, judging teams, service and honor societies), departments, or individuals. Each may recommend one staff member. 

The nomination packet includes the following items for each nominated staff member: 

  • Nomination letter by the student organization, the department head or designate, or a faculty member (2 pages maximum), 
  • An additional support letter from a student organization, department head, or a faculty member, and 
  • Resume of the staff member.

Committee members: Students representative of multiple majors of the College, as selected by the Dean’s office in consultation with department faculty 

Nomination materials for those not selected will be retained and considered for the next two years. Recipients are not eligible if they were awardees in the past five years. 

Past recipients who are ineligible in 2020: 

2019: Lisa Widener, Foresty Wildlife, and FIsheries 

2015: Mirian Wright, Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries 

2018: Sandy Kitts, Plant Sciences 

2014: Ann Henry, Food Science 

2017: Denice Milligan, Animal Science 

2016: Shelley Johnson, Animal Science 



Awards for Students

The Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award of Merit is presented annually at the Herbert College of Agriculture Awards Reception, generally held in early April. 

Graduate students who demonstrate excellence in the classroom and work with undergraduate students in other ways that enhance the undergraduate educational experience are nominated by department heads or faculty mentors. Graduate students may be nominated regardless of their appointment, as some departments require all graduate students to have a teaching experience. Evidence of professional development as an instructor is also considered. The recipient(s) will also receive the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Graduate Student Teaching Award of Merit Certificate. 

The nomination package should include the following: 

  • A nomination letter that addresses the nature and quality of the graduate student’s teaching efforts in the department written by the department head or the faculty member supervising the graduate student’s teaching 
  • A resume/curriculum vitae that includes contributions to the teaching program and evidence of the student’s professional development as an instructor

Committee members: Selection is made by an ad hoc committee composed of faculty/staff and students named by the associate dean. 

Research discoveries are a hallmark of land-grant universities and can create tremendous value for students performing the research, making them better prospective employees and graduate school candidates. This award was created to recognize a Herbert College undergraduate student who actively conducts research with a faculty member in the Institute of Agriculture. The award is processed as a scholarship to reduce the student’s need to work during the academic year, thereby allowing time to conduct the research. 

The nomination package consists of:

  • If the work is not yet completed, 
    • A letter from the student describing the purpose of the research, progress made, what needs to be completed, and the potential outcomes or impacts of the research 
    • A letter from the faculty member describing the work completed by the student and the student’s progress in understanding the scientific method and conducting research 
  • If the work is completed, 
    • A report or journal article prepared by the student based on the research conducted, which includes an introduction to the problem, a clear hypothesis, materials and methods, research findings, discussion, and conclusion 
    • A letter from the faculty member describing the actual contributions the student made to the research described in the report or journal article and the student’s progress in understanding the scientific method and conducting research

Committee members: Nominations will be reviewed by the Herbert College of Agriculture Honors Advisory Committee.

A maximum of ten full-time students will be honored at the annual Herbert College of Agriculture Awards Reception, generally held in early April. Up to four seniors, three juniors, two sophomores, and one freshman will be recognized. 

Selection of recipients will be based upon the candidate’s college leadership, activities, letters of nomination/reference, and scholarship. The application should include information for the preceding twelve months (spring, summer, and fall semesters). 

A minimum GPA of 2.7 on coursework through fall semester is required for nomination. Emphasis will be placed on leadership and activity. 

The nominee must be enrolled in the current spring semester and be enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 credit hours in both the fall and spring semesters of the academic year of nomination) to be eligible. Class standing is determined per University guidelines and is based on the student’s status at the beginning of fall semester of the current academic year. 

FRESHMAN: Student with fewer than 30 credit hours

SOPHOMORE: Student with between 30 and 60 credit hours

JUNIOR: Student with between 60 and 90 credit hours

SENIOR: Student with 90 credit hours or more 

Classification is NOT based on the number of semesters enrolled at UT or in the Herbert College of Agriculture. Advanced placement, transfer, and departmental credits are included in the credit hour total. 

Nominations are encouraged by Herbert student organizations (clubs, judging teams, service and honor societies) or individual faculty or students (self-nominations are acceptable). Nominations prepared by a student require a letter of nomination from another student and a UT Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) faculty member. Nominations prepared by a student group require a letter from a member of that group and a UTIA faculty member. Nominations from a faculty member do not require a letter of support from a student or organization. 

It is the responsibility of the nominator to assist the nominee in preparation of the application, provide a letter of nomination, and request the needed support letters. 

There is no limit to the number of times a student may win the Outstanding Student Award. The Office of the Dean reserves the right to verify all information. The committee asks that nominations follow the specified format and that the materials be typed or neatly written. 

A resume or a list that describes the level of involvement under the appropriate headings should be included. The following list is provided only as a guide and should not be considered inclusive. 

Complete the nomination cover page (see page 17) and a resume that lists the following activities: 

SCHOLARSHIP: Honor society membership; national professional society membership; Gamma Sigma Delta awards; state, regional, or national recognition and awards; assistance provided to a faculty member’s research, Extension, or teaching program; honor program participation; work on an independent project under direction of a faculty member; or any research, Extension, and teaching presentations. 

LEADERSHIP: Office or committee chair with the College or any club, fraternity/sorority, or other organization; Varsity Visit or Ag Day tour guide or speaker; State 4-H or FFA officer (following high school); or conferences, conclaves, regional or national student organization officer, or committee chair. 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Departmental club and/or judging team member and/or awards, fraternity/sorority members, intramurals, band, student senate, internship, part-/full-time work, and committee membership, community service, international study, off-campus membership, and activities. 

Committee members: Selection of awardees is made by an ad hoc committee of students and faculty named by the associate dean.

The student selected to receive the cash and plaque is a full time student (fall and spring semester) in the Herbert College of Agriculture and graduate of a Tennessee high school and has earned the highest grade point average through the fifth semester.



Awards for Alumni

The Herbert College Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented annually to a graduate (at least ten years) of the Herbert College of Agriculture or its predecessors, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources or the College of Agriculture, for outstanding achievement in the academic or corporate community and/or noteworthy public service, which have brought distinction to the graduate and the University of Tennessee. 

The award recipient is invited to the Herbert College of Agriculture Awards Reception and/or the College’s spring graduation ceremony. 

The nominations, by alumni, faculty, or department heads, consist of the nomination form (see page 18) and a letter (3 pages maximum) that includes the following information: 

  • Name of the nominee 
  • A statement of significant accomplishments in the academic, corporate, and/or community/public service arenas 
  • Additional comments regarding the nominee and how they distinguished themselves and/or the University of Tennessee 
  • Up to an additional five letters of support may be submitted on behalf of the nominee 
  • A CV or resume may be attached, if available.

The nominator, if not a UTIA employee, must include his/her full address, work and home telephone numbers, and email address. 

The recipient will be selected by an ad hoc committee named by the associate dean, and will include: 

  • Department head 
  • Faculty members 
  • Representative of the UTIA Office of Advancement

Nominations received after the second Friday in February will be held for the next year. Nomination materials for those not selected are retained and considered for the next two years. A recipient may receive the award only once. 

Past recipients: 

2019: Mark Wilson, Animal Science

2018: Craig Bacon, Food Science & Technology 

2017: Donnie Smith, Animal Science

2016: Dilip Panthee, Plant Sciences 

2015: Not Awarded

2014: Charlie Goan, Animal Science 

2013: Dan Wheeler, Animal Science

2012: Not Awarded

2011: Not Awarded

2010: Jennifer Pine Smith, Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design

2009: James “Jim” Stocker, Agricultural Economics 

2008: Catherine Lynne Dorko, Food Science, NFS

2007: Waymon Hickman, Agricultural Education 

2006: Hollis Malone, Ornamental Horticulture and  Landscape Design

2005: James Heird, Animal Husbandry 

2004: Louis Buck, Agricultural Engineering

2003: Ed R. Lidvall, Animal Husbandry 

2002: Larry Redden, Plant and Soil Science 

2001: Don Shadow, Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design 

2000: Frank Bell, Agron

1999: W. F. “Red” Moss, Agricultural Education (first recipient)



Open Eligibility Awards

A Friend of the Herbert College of Agriculture is someone from outside the College (i.e., no Herbert College appointment) who has demonstrated noteworthy support and assistance (service) to the College. This support could be academic, logistical, or other. The award was inspired by a similar type of award within the National Education Association. Recipients can be an individual, group, organization, or company. 

Nominations can be made by faculty, staff, students, and alumni using the nomination form on page 19. Non-UTIA nominators must submit their own full address, work and home telephone numbers, and email address. 

The nomination packet must include the following and should not exceed 3 pages:

  • Letter of nomination by the nominator (2 pages maximum). The letter of nomination shall be signed by a second faculty, staff, student, or alumnus. The letter will address how the nominee has aided the higher education mission of the College. Where possible, discrete evidence of support shall be provided (e.g., dates and types of services rendered, etc.). Up to five additional letters of support may be included. 
  • Personal information of the recipient: Name, position and/or organizational affiliation, address, city, state, zip code, phone number, and/or email address
  • Friends of Herbert Nomination form (see page 19)

Committee members: Dean’s office staff, Faculty, and Students 

Nomination materials for those not selected will be retained and considered for the next two years. Recipients are not eligible if they were awardees in the past five years. 

Past recipients who are ineligible in 2020: 

2019: David Bilderback, UT Extension

2018: Derek Bailey, UT Facilities Services 

2017: Tim Fawver, UT Extension 

2016: Family of Edwin Robertson, Harrogate International Genetics \

2015: James and Pam Brantley, Southeastern Provisions LLC 

2014: Mary Mahoney, UT Career Services (first awardee)