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U of M, Crookston’s Harouna Maiga, Ph.D., Awarded NACTA Teacher Fellow Award
May 8, 2008

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Associate Professor Harouna Maiga, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Harouna Maiga, Ph.D.
Crookston, Minn. (May 8, 2008) – Associate Professor Harouna Maiga, Ph.D., has been awarded the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teacher Fellow Award. Maiga teaches animal science in the Agriculture Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. He will be recognized during the 54th Annual NACTA Conference at Utah State University campus, Logan, Utah, to be held June 10-13, 2008.

“My department and this campus are proud of the achievements of Dr. Maiga,” said Ron Del Vecchio, Ph.D., head of the Agriculture Department. “He is a remarkable colleague who carries out his role with professionalism and focus and our students benefit greatly under his guidance. He is conscientious and provides a positive learning environment that encourages students to excel.”

Maiga teaches classes related to animal nutrition, animal systems management, livestock facilities and reproduction. He also serves as a faculty advisor to the Crookston campus Dairy Club. “Dr. Maiga incorporates other related disciplines into his lectures,” Del Vecchio explains. “He blends aspects of such subjects as physiology, genetics and biochemistry into the classroom discussion. It is important for students to understand the interrelationships among disciplines.”

One of the central purposes of NACTA is to recognize individuals whose efforts represent the very best in agricultural higher education. To qualify for the Teacher Fellow award a NACTA member must have been on a full-time appointment involving at least 25% teaching for a minimum of 5 of the past 7 years. Criteria for selection includes an instructor's teaching philosophy; evaluations submitted by current students, alumni, administrative officers, and peers; a self-evaluation along with the instructor’s availability to students, teaching innovations and departmental/institutional activity. 

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