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K-State Today

July 17, 2014

Keeley receives Crop Science Society of America teaching award

Submitted by Dale Bremer

Steven Keeley, professor of horticulture, forestry and recreation resources, has received a 2014 Crop Science Teaching Award from the Crop Science Society of America, or CSSA. The award will be presented at the society's International Annual Meeting awards ceremony on Nov. 3 in Long Beach, California.

Keeley has an 80 percent teaching/20 percent research appointment. He earned his bachelor's degree and doctoral degrees from Colorado State University and his master's degree from Michigan State University. He teaches introductory and advanced courses in horticulture and turfgrass management and advises students in K-State's nationally acclaimed golf course management program.

Along with the society's award, he has been recognized for excellence in teaching by K-State's College of Agriculture and by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. He is a senior editor for the journal Applied Turfgrass Science, and is on the editorial review board of North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.

The Crop Science Teaching Awards are presented for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research. The focus of this award is on traits that characterize excellence in resident classroom teaching of crop science at the undergraduate and graduate level. The award consists of a certificate and $1,000 honorarium.

Recipients are evaluated on:

  • classroom skills as evidenced by peer and student evaluations,
  • innovative or unique approaches to encourage learning by students,
  • performance by graduates in areas related to the teaching activities of the nominee,
  • student-teacher interactions as evidenced by student and peer evaluations and by motivation and maturation of students, and
  • recognition of accomplishments as a classroom teacher evidenced by department, college, university or other professional groups awards.