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November 29, 2012
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Kansas State Professor Receives National Teaching Award

Candice Shoemaker Honored

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A Kansas State University faculty member in the Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources was one of two professors in the country to win the 2012 Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences National Award.

Candice Shoemaker, professor of Horticulture and Human Health, received the award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The award recognizes two outstanding faculty members for their ability as classroom teachers, use of innovative teaching methods, service to students and their profession and scholarship.

Kansas State is first in the nation in terms of teaching awards received, with a combined total of 13 national and regional awards.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized for my teaching efforts,” said Shoemaker. “I think this award reflects the value Kansas State places on teaching.”

Shoemaker helped develop Kansas State’s award-winning graduate certificate in horticultural therapy in 2008 and also led the development of the urban food systems specialization within the horticulture master’s program.

Since coming to Kansas State’s horticulture department in 2001, Shoemaker has taught many courses at the undergraduate and graduate level and has high expectations for her students.

“My teaching philosophy is based on the premises to aim high, love learning and be innovative,” she said. “I believe that learning is a life-long process and strive to facilitate development of the skills in my students that will allow them to be successful lifelong learners.”

Shoemaker has received other awards recognizing her dedication to and excellence in teaching. In 2011, she was awarded the American Horticultural Society’s Horticultural Therapy Award “for significant contributions to the field of horticultural therapy.” In 2010, the Kansas State Provost’s Office awarded her a Teaching Excellence Award for the master’s urban food systems specialization.

The 2012 National Teaching Excellence Award is sponsored by the APLU, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Shoemaker and the other recipient each receive a $5,000 stipend to support their instructional programs.


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Story by: Bethany Sanderson
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