Three Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Faculty Members Recognized with University-Level Distinguished Achievement Awards
Posted March 30, 2017
Dr. Audrey K. Cook
The Texas A&M Association of Former Students (AFS) honored
three members of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
& Biomedical Sciences (CVM) faculty with university-level
Distinguished Achievement Awards, which are among the highest
honors presented by the AFS.
This year’s honorees from the CVM are Dr. Audrey K. Cook,
associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Small Animal
Clinical Sciences; Larry Johnson, Ph.D., professor in the
Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences; and Elizabeth
Crouch ’91, Ph.D., assistant dean for undergraduate education in
the biomedical sciences program.
The three faculty members were recognized for their commitment,
performance, and positive impact on Aggie students, Texas citizens,
and the world around them. Specifically, Cook and Johnson were
recognized for their teaching skills, while Crouch was recognized
for excellent student relations.
Cook was selected for her reputation as an outstanding educator
within Texas A&M University. Her “flipped classroom” approach
to teaching has earned her approval ratings from her students. In
fact, Cook’s teaching excellence previously was recognized with an
AFS Teaching Award in 2015.
“Dr. Cook is truly an innovative educator who excels at teaching
professional students, post-graduate trainees, and veterinarians in
clinical practice,” said Dr. Jonathan Levine, department head,
professor, and Helen McWhorter Chair in Small Animal Clinical
Dr. Larry Johnson
Johnson also is recognized for his teaching skills by both
students and the public. According to Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni,
associate dean for undergraduate education, professor and
department head of veterinary integrative biomedical sciences,
Johnson is “a unique, tireless, and inspiring teacher,” but his
teaching is not limited to the classroom. Johnson also teaches
science outreach programs for middle school students, teachers, and
Johnson was nominated by his students for his ability to truly
make a positive impact in education.
“The students nominated him for this award, which underscores
how much they value and appreciate his commitment to high quality
teaching and student success,” Castiglioni said. “I believe
Dr. Johnson’s excellence and effectiveness as a teacher spring from
his abiding commitment to awakening and nurturing a love of science
in young people.”
Nominated for her unflagging, selfless support of undergraduate
students, Crouch makes each student feel important by ensuring
every interaction she has with students is impactful. Crouch also
was selected for her commitment to each student’s wellbeing and the
personalized guidance she offers in meeting students’ goals.
Dr. Elizabeth Crouch '91
Castiglioni said Crouch’s extensive store of knowledge, empathy,
and interpersonal skills make her a great mentor for students.
“Dr. Crouch gives students sustained, individualized,
compassionate help—whether the student is seeking academic guidance
or facing personal challenges,” Castiglioni said. “She is the best,
and we are lucky to have her for our students.”
Dr. Eleanor Green, the Carl B. King dean of veterinary medicine,
said it is an honor to work with such impactful CVM faculty.
“These honorees are not only making a positive difference for
our students, they are impacting Texas communities and the world,”
Dean Green said. “The CVM is proud to house such distinguished
faculty who work hard every day to improve education and student
relations within the field of veterinary medicine.”
Each honoree will receive a cash gift, an engraved watch, and a
commemorative plaque for their achievements. The awards were
presented on Monday, April 24, during ceremonies in Rudder Theatre
on the A&M campus.
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