CALS recognizes outstanding teachers
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences honored Angel Fason (left to right) Shien Lu, Fred Musser and Charles Freeman for teaching excellence.
Faculty in Mississippi State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences were honored as exemplary teachers during recent award ceremonies. Chosen from a field of 217 instructors, four faculty received honors for inspiring students both in and out of the classroom.
Angel Fason, an instructor in the School of Human Sciences, received the Excellence in Teaching Lower Division Undergraduate award. Fason is described as passionate and enthusiastic about teaching, motivating her students to accomplish their best.
Shien Lu, associate professor in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, received the Excellence in Teaching Upper Division Undergraduate award and the CALS Teacher of the Year award. A 10-year veteran, Lu engages his students in hands-on learning and has been described as gifted at connecting with students.
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology associate professor Fred Musser received the Excellence in Teaching Graduate Instruction award. Musser is also a 10-year veteran and has been described as a transformational teacher. He frequently draws on his international and consultant experiences to give students the opportunity to think through the cost and benefits of issues from various perspectives.
Charles Freeman, assistant professor in the School of Human Sciences, received the Excellence in Teaching New Faculty award. Freeman teaches apparel, textiles and merchandising, a concentration in the Human Sciences major. Freeman is described as a teacher who helps students look at problems in new ways with innovation and creativity.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presents teaching awards annually. In addition to teaching, many of the faculty have joint appointments with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the MSU Extension Service.
Karen Brasher | MSU Ag Communications