Contact Us

COLLEGE OF
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
& NATURAL RESOURCES

136 Agricultural Hall
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405.744.5395
Fax: 405.744.5339
casnr@okstate.edu

 
You are here: Home / News / Kuzmic honored with Award for Excellence in Teaching

Kuzmic honored with Award for Excellence in Teaching

Thomas Kuzmic, natural resource ecology and management professor at Oklahoma State University, was recognized with the Award for Excellence in Teaching at the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Scholarships and Awards Banquet on March 31.
Kuzmic honored with Award for Excellence in Teaching

Thomas Kuzmic (center) receives the CASNR Award for Excellence in Teaching from Dr. Thomas Coon, vice president of DASNR (left), and Dr. Cynda Clary, CASNR associate dean at the 2016 CASNR Scholarships and Awards Banquet.

Thomas Kuzmic, natural resource ecology and management professor at Oklahoma State University, was recognized with the Award for Excellence in Teaching at the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Scholarships and Awards Banquet on March 31.

A part of the OSU Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management for nearly 30 years, Kuzmic has taught several courses and is credited with a large portion of the department’s curriculum development.

He advises 50 undergraduate students and teaches seven courses.

“Throughout his career at OSU, Dr. Kuzmic has spent countless hours developing course materials and interacting with students,” said Cynda Clary, CASNR associate dean of academic programs. “His unwavering enthusiasm for teaching and dedication to students make him deserving of this award.”

Kuzmic also advises the OSU chapter of the Society of American Foresters and serves as faculty representative for the OSU Academic Integrity Panel and faculty mentor for the Wentz Scholars Program.

“My foremost challenge and responsibility as a teacher is to serve as a catalyst to enable and empower students to meet their individual aspirations and potential for becoming productive members of society and successful professionals in their chosen career paths,” Kuzmic said.

Students appreciate Kuzmic for his dedication to students and passion for learning.

“Dr. Kuzmic is the most committed professor I have ever met,” a student said in a letter of nomination for Kuzmic. “He is always eager to teach and helps inspire students to reach their full potential on a daily basis.”

Karen Hickman, natural resource ecology and management professor, said she is fortunate to have Kuzmic as a colleague and friend. And she is constantly impressed with the sustained success of his teaching program.

“The energy, freshness and enthusiasm he brings to his teaching responsibilities are beyond compare – even as he approaches his third decade of teaching,” Hickman said.

The OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources believes in the value of hands-on education and the importance of having a well-rounded student experience. Our award-winning faculty members are dedicated to developing students and passionate about adding value to the total educational experience. With 16 majors and 62 study options, plus more than 60 student organizations, the college is committed to expanding minds and inspiring purpose. Learn more at casnr.okstate.edu.

###

REPORTER: Jacy Bradford

MEDIA CONTACT:
Melissa Mourer
Communications Coordinator
Agricultural Communications Services
144 Agriculture North
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-3737
Fax: 405-744-5739
Email: melissa.mourer@okstate.edu

Oklahoma State University, U. S. Department of Agriculture, State and Local governments cooperating: Oklahoma State University in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures, and is an equal opportunity employer.