Dennis Ray Receives 2009 Western Regional Teaching Award

Dennis T. Ray, distinguished professor of plant sciences at the University of Arizona, received the 2009 Western Regional Teaching Award at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The Regional Teaching Award recognizes six outstanding faculty members on the basis of their ability as classroom teachers, use of innovative teaching methods, service to students and their profession and scholarship.

The award includes a $2,000 stipend for each recipient. Ray has strived throughout his career to achieve the benchmarks reflective of the Regional Teaching Award as a professor of plant sciences and arid lands studies. He also serves as the associate director of the UA School of Plant Sciences and is a faculty associate in the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Office of Academic Programs.

"I am both honored and humbled that I received this award," said Ray. "I know the amount of time and effort these nominations take, and I was honored that both my peers and students felt it was worth their time and effort to put the package together. I was humbled because I know that there are many of my colleagues who are doing great work in the classroom, and yet I was the one singled out to be nominated for this award. "

The annual award is sponsored by APLU, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Ray's teaching responsibilities include two natural science courses, as well as courses in animal and plant genetics, core concepts in plant biology and the senior capstone course.

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Dec 23 2009