The Range Science Education Council and the Society for Range Management proudly present the 2014 Early Career Teaching Award to Dr. Robert D. Cox, of the Department of Natural Resources Management at Texas Tech University. The Early Career Teaching Award recognizes individuals who are in the early stages of their career who demonstrate excellence in teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduate students.
Dr. Cox teaches seven undergraduate courses and three graduate courses including Vegetation Inventory, Plant Physiology, and Rangeland Plant Ecology. He started learning the craft of teaching as a teaching assistant at Brigham Young University, where he received degrees in conservation Biology and Botany, and at the University of California, Riverside, where he received his Ph.D. in Botany. Dr. Cox’ teaching philosophy emphasizes field-based learning, structured research, attention to individual student learning, and using the most current scientific research available. Dr. Cox’ teaching evaluations average 4.8 out of 5.0, well above departmental, college and university averages. Nomination letters from colleagues and students provide evidence of his use of innovative pedagogies and dedication to effective academic and career advising to undergraduates.
For his outstanding contributions in the classroom and beyond, the Range Science Education Council and Society for Range Management are proud to recognize Dr. Robert D. Cox with the 2014 Early Career Teaching Award.