Dedicated Teacher Named Fellow of American Society of Agronomy

Jack R. Fenwick, coordinator of the Resident Instruction Program and associate professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University, has received the honor of Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy. A dedicated teacher, Fenwick has taught thousands of students during hundreds of semester classes and laboratory sections since his appointment in 1976 to the faculty at Colorado State.

Fenwick’s primary teaching responsibilities include teaching the introductory crop management course along with co-teaching courses in advanced crop and soil management systems, and tropical crop and soil management systems. He and a team of seed scientists developed seed science courses offered through Colorado State’s continuing education division. Fenwick is also adviser to Colorado State’s Agronomy Club and has served as chairman of the ASA Division A-1a. His continued excellence in working with students has been recognized with an outstanding teacher award in the College of Agricultural Sciences, outstanding adviser awards in the college and the university, the Distinguished Service Award of Colorado State, the Agronomic Resident Education Award and the Crop Science Teaching Award.

Fenwick earned his B.S. degree from Purdue University with a double major in agronomy and agricultural education. He taught high school biology and agricultural education in Remington, Ind., and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in agronomy from Purdue University.

The latest, prestigious award was presented to Fenwick at the ASA Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America on Nov. 12-16 in Indianapolis, Ind. It is the highest honor the society bestows on its members. Up to 0.3 percent of ASA’s membership base of 8,000 may be elected to Fellow each year, placing Jack among an elite group of agricultural researchers around the world. Fellows are selected through an intense nomination and review process that analyzes nominees’ achievements in education, research, service and leadership.

ASA has been selecting outstanding members to the position of Fellow since 1924. Colleagues within the Societies nominate worthy members, and the ASA Fellows Committee carefully ranks the nominees to make the final selection. Based on their professional achievements and meritorious service, ASA has chosen 21 individuals to receive this honor in 2006.