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Kirk Howatt Receives Weed Society Distinguished Achievement Award

Kirk Howatt, associate professor in annual weeds at North Dakota State University, received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Education during the recent North Central Weed Science Society annual meeting. The award recognizes outstanding educational achievements in weed science.

Dr. Kirk Howatt, associate professor in annual weeds at North Dakota State University, received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Education during the recent North Central Weed Science Society annual meeting [click here for article].  The award recognizes outstanding educational achievements in weed science.  Selection criteria includes innovative or unique approaches that result in learning, ability to clearly communicate ideas, motivation of the intended audience, and recognition of accomplishments by peers and the intended audience.

Howatt received his B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, followed by his M.S. in Plant Pathology and Weed Science and his Ph.D. in Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State University.  He has been a faculty member in the Department of Plant Sciences at NDSU since 1999, where he currently holds the rank of associate professor in annual weeds.  He was appointed coordinator of the Crop and Weed Sciences undergraduate major in 2006.  Since that time, the strength of agriculture has encouraged the program to grow from about 85 to more than 230 students.

Howatt’s teaching responsibilities have included undergraduate and graduate level weed science courses and professional development courses for graduate students.  He advises approximately 40 undergraduate students in the Crop and Weed Sciences major each year, has advised 13 graduate students in their programs of study, and serves as faculty advisor to the Agronomy Club. 

Howatt’s leadership and excellence in education has been commended by others, too.  He was recognized with the H. Roald and Janet Lund Excellence in Teaching Award and the William J. and Angelyn A. Austin Advising Award by the NDSU College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources in 2013 and 2011, respectively.  He was recognized as Educator of the Year by Mid America CropLife Association in 2011, and he was accepted into the Faculty Institute for Excellence in Learning at NDSU in 2002.

By happy coincidence, NDSU Agronomy doctorate alumnus Adrian Moses was on hand as the Master of Ceremonies for the NCWSS awards luncheon where Howatt received his award.

Photos courtesy of North Central Weed Science Society

Author: Kamie Beeson, (701) 231-7123, kamie.a.beeson@ndsu.edu
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, (701) 231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu


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