South Dakota State University (SDSU) assistant professor Amanda Weaver received the 2010 New Teacher award at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities annual meeting in Dallas, TX.

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, or A-P-L-U, and the USDA sponsored the award. It recognizes two outstanding faculty members nationwide on the basis of their ability as classroom teachers, use of innovative teaching methods, service to students and their profession, and scholarship. The award includes a $2,000 stipend for each recipient.

Weaver has strived throughout her early career to achieve the benchmarks reflective of the New Teacher award. She began teaching as an assistant professor in the SDSU Department of Animal and Range Sciences in 2007. She now instructs five undergraduate and graduate courses in meat science and muscle biology, integrating experiential learning and the development of critical thinking skills into her coursework to better position students for meaningful careers.

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