Two Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Faculty Recognized for Teaching Excellence
Posted October 13, 2014
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Two outstanding faculty members at the
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical
Sciences (CVM), Dr. Jeffrey Musser, clinical associate professor in
veterinary pathobiology and Dr. James Barr, assistant professor in
small animal emergency and critical care, were recognized with the
prestigious Association of Former Students College-Level Teaching
Award for their talent, expertise, and devotion to students. The
awards were presented at the CVM College Hour on October 10.
“This award recognizes the important contribution Dr. Musser and
Dr. Barr make to the lives of so many here at Texas A&M
University,” said Kathryn Greenwade ’88, Vice President for
Communications and Human Resources at The Association of Former
Students. “Loyal and dedicated former students, like Class of
'59 CVM graduate Dr. Charlie Wiseman whom we honor tonight as
a Distinguished Alumnus, make these awards possible through their
annual gifts and help us recognize the people who make a difference
at Texas A&M.”
This award is chosen by faculty members and students every year.
The honorees are presented with a plaque and a stipend.
"We’d like to thank them for the work that they do to provide
our students with high impact learning experiences,” said Dr.
Blanca Lupiani, associate dean of faculties at Texas A&M.
Musser has been with the CVM since joining the faculty as a
lecturer in 2000. While serving on the faculty at the CVM, he has
won several awards including the 2003 Montague Teaching Excellence
Award, the 2005 Texas Veterinary Medical Association Research
Award, and the 2007 Texas A&M University International
Excellence Award. Musser has also been nominated twice by the CVM
for the Bush Excellence Award for Faculty in International
Teaching. With an interest in global veterinary medicine and
emerging infectious diseases, Musser has worked diligently to
provide opportunities for Texas A&M students to have
internships overseas in Zambia, Malawi, Norway, Australia, Ghana,
and Ecuador, in addition to teaching several study-abroad
Musser's award was presented by Dr. Linda Logan, professor and
department head for veterinary pathobiology at the CVM.
"Dr. Musser is an exceptional choice for this award," Logan
said. "His commitment to the students, his innovative teaching
style, his communication skills, and his challenge to students to
broaden their horizons exemplify the intent of this award. His
contributions to international understanding of veterinary medicine
are outstanding and bring a global perspective to the learning
environment within the college."
"The world and how animals and people interact with it is
changing rapidly," said Musser. “Our students, whether in the
laboratory or in the field, will one day play an important role in
not only identifying new emerging zoonotic diseases, but also in
making our world healthier for everyone. To me, it is critical that
we prepare them well for that responsibility. I would like to thank
The Association of Former Students and the people in my department
and the college who spent the extra time and effort to make this
happen. I feel so honored to be chosen."
"Congratulations to Dr. Musser,” said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the
Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “His enthusiasm for the
subject matter is contagious, as is his deep devotion to the
students and their education. He is not only a knowledgeable
academician, but he is an approachable teacher and mentor.”
Barr has been with the CVM since 2009 and currently serves in
the emergency and critical care department of the Small Animal
Hospital at the CVM. In his role, Barr is involved in the diagnosis
and treatment of the most critical cases brought into the hospital.
He works closely with third- and fourth-year veterinary medical
students in the hospital to prepare them for difficult and complex
cases. This is his first teaching award while serving on the
faculty at the CVM.
Dr. Sharon Kerwin, professor and interim head of the Department
of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the CVM, presented Barr with
"Dr. Barr has been an incredible asset in the emergency room and
the critical care unit," notes Kerwin. "It is a very challenging
job, and he makes it looks easy. He is an incredibly talented and
natural teacher, both in the clinic and in the classroom. In
addition to a busy clinic and research schedule, Dr. Barr gives his
time to our students as faculty advisor to both the student
chapters of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA)
and the student chapter of the Emergency and Critical Care Club. He
is a tremendous asset to Texas A&M and we are lucky to have him
"I appreciate the challenge of complex and critical cases," Barr
said. "One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is finding a
solution that will save a life. Working through a difficult case
with my students not only gives them an opportunity to use their
exceptional problem-solving skills but also often gives me a new
perspective—one that I may not have considered earlier. The
two-way dynamic between instructor and student is an important part
of preparing the next generation of veterinary practitioners, and
it is an honor to be recognized for that work. I want to thank the
association, the committee that selected me, and the students who
took their time to show their support.”
“Dr. Barr teaches by example, whether it is the highest quality
of patient care or the deepest level of compassion for the
patient. Add to that his sense of humor and his devotion to
students, and it is clear why he is so deserving of this award.”
Photo caption: Dr. Jeffrey Musser and Dr.
James Barr were recognized with the prestigious Association of
Former Students College-Level Teaching Award
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Megan Palsa, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Communications, Media and Public
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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