Brian Whitaker, Ph.D., an associate professor of animal and pre-veterinary studies at the University of Findlay, received the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Scholar Award at its annual conference recently held at Purdue University.
The award is presented to a maximum of one percent of the NACTA membership body. These individuals demonstrate a heavier commitment to NACTA since earning the Teacher Fellow Award, and demonstrate a teaching influence beyond their own campuses.
Whitaker began teaching at UF in 2010. He instructs a variety of undergraduate animal science courses, including reproductive physiology and swine production. He also runs an active undergraduate student research laboratory that focuses on reproductive cell biology studies, and serves as an advisor to the Academic Quadrathlon team and Block and Bridle Club.
Whitaker received a Bachelor of Science in animal science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and a Master of Science in animal science and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.
The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture is a professional society that focuses on promoting, recognizing and rewarding excellence in teaching agriculture and related areas at the post secondary level. The purpose of its annual conferences is to provide for professional advancement of faculty engaged in classroom teaching. Participants have the opportunity to share teaching methods, philosophies and styles of instruction.