US Secretary of Agriculture Honor Awards (TARU)

To address the national priority of developing human capital for scientific and professional expertise in the food and agricultural sciences, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) through its Science and Education Resources Development, Higher Education Programs office will offer, subject to the availability of funds, a National Awards Program for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences.

The Awards Program recognizes faculty who promote effective and innovative pedagogy evidenced by successive years of sustained, meritorious and exceptional teaching activities concerned with the production, processing, marketing, distribution, conservation, consumption, research, and development of food and agriculturally related products and services, inclusive of academic programs in agriculture, natural resources, forestry, veterinary medicine, human sciences / family and consumer sciences, and closely allied fields.  

The Awards Program is offered annually to honor excellence in teaching, a key element in developing expertise. The Awards Program will recognize and honor a select group of college and university teachers who excel at teaching, make a positive impact on student learning, and influence other teachers by example. It is designed to focus national attention on the teaching role--one which is fundamental to the development of the scientific and professional expertise essential to the future growth and progress of our nation's food and agricultural system.