SUU Professor Receives International Teaching Scholar Award

Published: September 13, 2019 | Author: Kierstin Pitcher-Holloway | Read Time: 2 minutes

Dean Winward Dean Winward, a long-standing professor of agriculture at Southern Utah University, was given the NACTA Teaching Scholar Award at the Annual Conference of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). Winward was recognized for this competitive award for outstanding teaching and scholarship in the profession. He is the first person from a Utah institution to receive this prestigious award.

Due to the competitive nature of the award, Winward was surprised and honored to receive it. When asked why he believed he was the selected nominee, Winward explained that besides classroom performance, the award considers other contributing factors and he has been involved in many agriculture-related activities 

“It’s a big award, not just for me but for the institution as well,” said Winward. “I hope it’s a reflection of the kind of career I’ve had and shows that I enjoy doing what I do. I get to teach wonderful students and I work with great colleagues.”

In addition to teaching accomplishments, the award recognizes scholarly work and demonstrated teaching influence beyond a professor’s campus. Winward has made several presentations at NACTA and other meetings and has involved students in numerous research opportunities.

“One of the ways I learn is from hands-on experience,” said Winward. “I try to have those same hands-on learning experiences with my students.”

Winward also believes in the old adage: people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. 

“I care about my students, my colleagues and the field of agriculture,” said Winward. “I want to see my students succeed. I try to approach learning as more than just getting a grade, but instead, getting an education, and giving students the tools they need to be successful, not just in academics, but in life as well.”

Winward believes teamwork is what has brought success in his field and is grateful to the University and the agriculture community for their support. Winward grew up in Roy, Utah and is a graduate of Ricks College (now BYUI) and Utah State University. He taught at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and has been a professor at SUU for 29 years. He and his wife Wendy are the parents of 5 children. 

NACTA is an international organization that focuses on promoting and recognizing excellence in teaching agricultural within the setting of higher education. Members of NACTA are from two-year and four-year colleges, public and private, and have a common bond of teaching agriculture and related subjects.

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