Two CASNR standouts selected as 2017 Texas Tech Integrated Scholars
Two outstanding faculty members with Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources have been named Texas Tech Integrated Scholars by the university’s Office of the Provost. Noureddine Abidi, an associate professor with Tech’s Department of Plant and Soil Science and managing director of Tech’s Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, and Darren Hudson, an award-winning agricultural economist, were recognized through the annual selection process.
“An Integrated Scholar at Texas Tech University is a faculty member who demonstrates significant accomplishments and effective synergy among the major professorial functions of teaching, research, and service,” said Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec. “Each of these faculty members has infused the results of their scholarship and creative activity into the learning experiences they provide to students, and their service and engagement activities.”
Program officials note that integrated scholars are not only outstanding in teaching, research and service, but they are also able to generate synergy among the three functions. Faculty members who are integrated scholars consistently promote active learning and infuse the results of their research and scholarship in courses and other learning experiences. They publish results of their teaching innovations in peer-reviewed journals. Finally, integrated scholar faculty members plan and execute service commitments to complement their teaching and research goals.
Abidi has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on funded research grants totaling more than $14 million since 1999. He has published over 80 peer review publications and book chapters. Prior to joining Tech in 1999, Abidi worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the materials and membrane processes laboratory of the National School of Chemical Engineering of Montpellier (France); and a postdoctoral research fellow in the laboratory of physical chemistry of Condensed Matter at the University of Montpellier II (France).
He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from the University of Med I, Faculty of Sciences Oujda (Morocco); and his doctorate in theoretical, physical, and analytical chemistry from the University of Montpellier II (France). He was awarded the H.D.R. (Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches), a French diploma required to be full professor in French universities, in engineering science from the University of Haute Alsace, Mulhouse (France) in 2007.
Separately, Hudson, who serves as Tech’s Combest Endowed Chair in Agricultural Competitiveness, has focused his research on agricultural policy and trade, economic development, marketing and consumer demand, and behavioral economics. He participates in the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute consortium, producing annual baseline projections for cotton for the group. He is a past-President of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
A native of White Deer, Hudson is a graduate of Texas Tech and leads the university’s nationally-recognized International Center for Agricultural Competitiveness. The center is dedicated to the creation and dissemination of knowledge related to the competitiveness of United States and global agriculture. A core focus of the center is on both domestic and international policy. But, other relevant research area are in technology adoption, product development, resource management, trade, and international development.
Prior to coming to Texas Tech, Hudson was a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Mississippi State University. In addition from 2006 to 2009, he was a fellow with The Farm Foundation, an Oak Brook, Ill.-based agricultural organization that focuses on economic and policy issues impacting agriculture, the food system and rural America. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and economics from West Texas State University. His master’s and doctorate degrees in agricultural economics are from Texas Tech. He is a Farm Foundation Fellow.
Current CASNR faculty members who are Integrated Scholars include Scott Burris, an Associate Professor and Interim Chairman with Tech’s Department of Agricultural Education and Communications; Cynthia McKenney, Associate Chair and Rockwell Endowed Professor of Horticulture with Tech’s Department of Plant and Soil Science; Peter Dotray, CASNR’s Leidigh Professor of Weed Science with a joint appointment at Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Service; Cindy Akers, CASNR’s Associate Dean for Academic and Student Programs; Guy Loneragan, a Texas Tech veterinary epidemiologist and professor of food safety and public health; and Mindy Brashears, director of Texas Tech’s International Center for Food Industry Excellence.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Steven Fraze, Interim Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
0103NM17 / Editor’s Note: Previous Integrated Scholar profiles can be viewed at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/scholars/index.php