On August 21, 2020, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture presented more than 30 awards and promotions to Institute personnel.
More information about each award winner may be accessed at the links included below. Scroll down for all awards and promotions.
The awards and promotions ceremony was recorded via Zoom and is available for viewing on the UTIA YouTube channel.
The Charles and Patricia Goan Excellence in Customer Service Award
This new award, established by Dean Emeritus Charles Goan and his wife, Pat, recognizes Extension employees who complete or aid in completing exemplary work to further Extension priorities, and provide or aid in providing Extension customers with excellent service, knowledge, and information as requested. The award recognizes excellence and is open to all faculty and staff.
The Charles and Julie Wharton Award for Outstanding Extension Achievements
Established by long-time supporters of the Institute of Agriculture Charles Wharton and his late wife Julie, and now supported by Charles and Lori Wharton, this award recognizes Extension employees who complete or aid in completing exemplary work to further Extension priorities, and provide or aid in providing Extension customers with excellent service, knowledge, and information as requested. This award is presented to three UT Extension agents annually. These agents may conduct programs in any area, including agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and resource development. Special consideration is given to those individuals who have demonstrated excellence in serving local needs for five years or more.
Ann and Bill Hicks Outstanding New Extension Worker Award
Established by Dr. Bill and Ann Hicks, dean emeritus of Extension. Awarded annually to recognize an outstanding employee with at least three years, but not more than five years, of service with UT Extension. The award recipient is selected by a committee that includes past winners of the Outstanding New Extension Worker Award, and is presented each year to an Extension Agent, Area Specialist or Specialist.
J. E. Moss Achievement Awards
Established in memory of J.E. and Ann Moss, this award recognizes excellent achievement in teaching, research, and Extension for the Institute of Agriculture. Awards are provided each year for each of the four units of the Institute of Agriculture. They are selected by a committee of the chancellor and the four deans of the Institute.
TAAA&S-Hicks Awards of Excellence
Established by the Tennessee Association of Agricultural Agents and Specialists and other endowment funds, this award is presented annually to up to three agricultural Extension faculty who are also members of TAAA&S.
Vernon and Ida Darter Award
Named for the late Extension Dean Emeritus Vernon W. Darter and his wife, the late Ida Darter, this award recognizes excellence among the ranks of Associate Extension Agents.
The Lloyd and Nettie Downen Endowment Fund Leadership Enhancement Award
Established by Dr. and Mrs. M. Lloyd Downen, dean emeritus of the Agricultural Extension Service, this award recognizes Extension faculty members who serve in leadership roles across the state.
G. L. Carter Jr. Outstanding 4-H Youth Development Agent Award
This award was established by Dr. G.L. Carter Jr., whose Extension career began in 1949 in Greene County where he served as a 4-H agent. He was also a Hamblen County 4-H member. Dr. Carter was the first in his family to graduate from college, later earning an MS and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. His 44-year career included working as the youth editor of a farm and ranch magazine; serving as a state 4-H staff member in both Tennessee and North Carolina; and helping to create the Journal of Extension, a professional publication for Extension agents and specialists. Dr. Carter has provided the funding through an endowment to recognize an Outstanding 4-H Youth Development Agent.
Alice Ann Moore Outstanding 4-H Agent Award
This award was established by Alice Ann Moore, former director of UT Extension 4-H Youth Development programs, who, for over thirty years, has provided exemplary service to the University of Tennessee in many capacities. She herself was a 4-H member in Crockett County. Under her leadership, Tennessee 4-H developed a life skills evaluation system that is nationally recognized as a ground-breaking scientific means of providing feedback on the effectiveness of 4-H youth education programs. She is also an honorary life member of the Tennessee 4-H Foundation.
Cavender Outstanding Award for Best Publication
Established by Dutch Cavender, former director of communications, and his wife, Marilee, this award recognizes excellence in the development of published material produced by professionals in the Institute of Agriculture. This year, we recognize two publications series. These co-winners were chosen from peer-reviewed publications produced by units of UTIA.
William D. Bishop Outstanding Service Award
Presented in memory of Dean Emeritus William D. Bishop, this award recognizes a member of the field force of University of Tennessee Extension who has contributed most to the attainment of Extension objectives.
Williams – E. R. “Prof” Lidvall Outstanding Teaching Award
Established by Mr. Donald E. Williams, a 1961 graduate of the College of Agriculture, this award honors his former professor and mentor, Professor E.R. Lidvall. The award recognizes faculty who exemplify Lidvall’s commitment to excellence in the classroom and his commitment to the needs and interests of the student.
T. J. Whatley Distinguished Young Scientist Award
Established by Dr. Thomas Whatley, associate dean emeritus of the Agricultural Experiment Station, this award recognizes a young scientist who has less than twelve years of professional experience, with a minimum of five years of service on the agricultural faculty.
E. J. Chapman Outstanding Service Award
Established by the late E.J. Chapman, who served the university in a wide range of capacities from agronomist to assistant vice president for agriculture, this award recognizes a member of the supporting staff of the teaching, research or Extension divisions.
AgResearch Impact Award
This award is presented to an AgResearch faculty or professional staff member whose efforts have had a profound effect on improving the efficiency, sustainability, and/or economic viability of the food and fiber industry of rural areas of Tennessee.
Webster Pendergrass Outstanding Service Award
This award is presented in memory of former Vice President for Agriculture Webster Pendergrass and recognizes a teaching, research or Extension faculty member who has contributed most to the fulfillment of the Institute’s goals and objectives.
Mildred Pendergrass Award for Outstanding Service
This award, presented in memory of Mildred Pendergrass, wife of the former Vice President for Agriculture Webster Pendergrass, is given to employees among the technical, skill and service staff of the Institute.
Professional/Academic Award for Outstanding Service
Provided by the Institute of Agriculture administration, this award is given to a recipient among the professional and other academic employees who has contributed most to the attainment of the objectives of the Institute of Agriculture.
Miles Award for Community Service
Named for William T. Miles, respected medical doctor, this award was established by his son, the late Curtis W. Miles, a longtime devotee of the Field Trials at the Ames Plantation in Grand Junction, Tennessee. In accordance with the younger Miles’ life philosophy, “Treat people like you want to be treated,” the award intended to recognize significant contributions and service to the Knoxville community.
B. Ray Thompson Sr. Outstanding Faculty Performance Award
This award is made possible by earnings from the Thompson Faculty Endowment and is presented annually to faculty who have distinguished themselves by their exceptional performance. This award rotates among the four divisions within the Institute of Agriculture.
AgResearch Mid-Career Faculty Research Excellence Award
This award recognizes demonstrated commitment and meritorious achievements in research by faculty during the mid-stage of their academic career. Emphasis will be on the impacts that a faculty member’s efforts in research and technology development have had on UT AgResearch stakeholders or the science community at large, especially during the past five years. Both tenure and non-tenure track faculty are eligible.
UT AgResearch Dean’s Award for Outstanding Support Staff
The UT AgResearch Dean’s Award for Outstanding Support Staff honors and acknowledges excellence of employees in fulfilling their job responsibilities. The award recognizes employees who have demonstrated the following: competence and critical thinking; cooperativeness and team building; professionalism and ethical behavior; initiative, and dependability; and excellent communication skills.
UT AgResearch Dean’s Award for Outstanding Professional Staff
The UT AgResearch Dean’s Award for Outstanding Professional Staff honors and acknowledges excellence of employees in fulfilling their job responsibilities. The award recognizes employees who have demonstrated the following: competence and critical thinking; cooperativeness and team building; professionalism and ethical behavior; initiative, and dependability; and excellent communication skills.
UTIA Institute Professor
The title of Institute Professor may be awarded to a faculty member who has served at the rank of professor for a period of at least seven years, in recognition of consistent outstanding performance over this period. This performance is evidenced by excellence in teaching, research, Extension, or clinical practice, and in the case of faculty members holding joint appointments, would be expected to reflect the distribution of the appointment. Leadership and reputation through service at the national and/or international levels within the faculty member’s scientific discipline is also expected.