Damron receives national award
Oklahoma State University’s Steve Damron has been named a 2007 recipient of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Sciences Excellence in College and University Teaching Award.
Now in its 16th year, the award program celebrates the critical role educators perform in shaping the agriculture industry, especially in regards to training future leaders who will eventually be charged with providing sustainable natural resources, a safe and abundant food supply, viable communities and other services.
Damron is a professor of animal science in OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, which includes the college and two statewide agencies: the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station system and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.
Ed Miller, associate dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, said Damron possesses more than an extensive understanding of curriculum, advising, teaching and scholarship; he cares, and deeply.
“An educator can be great in every technical aspect, but if he or she doesn’t truly care about students then the individual won’t be a great teacher,” Miller said. “Steve is a great teacher, and has reached and sustained that level of excellence for many years.”
Since joining the OSU faculty in 1988, Damron has developed and taught courses ranging from an introduction to animal science and agricultural animals of the world to agro-ecosystems being the basis of life, principals of nutrition, pet and companion animal management, livestock feeding and canine handling and training, including distance education classes that serve several hundred students from across the country and around the world.
As an educational author, his book “Introduction to Animal Science: Global, Biological, Social and Industry Perspectives” is one of the most widely used animal science texts in the world. The book is now in its 4th edition.
He advises approximately 100 undergraduate students each year and has served as faculty adviser to Agricultural Student Council, University Crew Club, Alpha Gamma Rho, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Collegiate Dressage Team and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences during his time at OSU.
A longtime coordinator of the OSU department of Animal Science’s scholarship program, Damron currently serves as department teaching coordinator, diversity coordinator, assessment coordinator, co-director of the Animal Science Research Scholars and as a member of OSU’s Assessment Council.
During his career, he has received 16 teaching and advising awards from OSU, the University of Hawaii, the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, the National Academic Advising Association, the Alpha Zeta and Gamma Sigma Delta honor fraternities and the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture organization.
Damron earned his doctoral degree in animal nutrition and master’s degrees in animal nutrition-management from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1982 and 1978, respectively. He earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1975.
Damron is a former Martin resident and a member of the first graduating class of Westview High School. He is the son of Angie Damron, brother to Dawne Damron Belote, and nephew of Bill and Martha High, all of Martin.