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April 30, 2014
James Pritchett, professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, known for his motivational teaching style and ability to inspire students to learn challenging material, has been honored by the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System with the annual Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.
“Quality instruction of undergraduates is among the most important missions of the University and we are fortunate to have the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching to recognize faculty members who are outstanding in this area,” said Miranda. “Dr. Pritchett’s teaching style inspires students to dive into challenging material and use that instruction toward addressing global challenges.”
Pritchett is both a talented teacher and mentorof students. Pritchett is lauded by current students and alumni for his ability to teach complex information and apply it to solving global problems.
“James teaches some of the most academically challenging classes in our program, but his ability to connect with and motivate students to work hard really sets him apart as a teacher,” said Greg Perry, chair of the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics. “His talent for mentoring isn’t limited to students. Young faculty seek out his counsel as they try to improve themselves as classroom teachers. He is admired and respected by his peers across the university.”
In 2009, Pritchett led the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics to be thefirst program in thecountryto offeradistancedegree program in agricultural business management.He helpedadvise thefirst students, identifiedclassestobedeveloped online and developed innovativeways to translatetraditional teachingmethods into distanceeducation.
Students rave about their experiences and the knowledge they gain in his classes.
One of his student notes, “Dr. Pritchett is someone who displays all the qualities of adistinguished professor and exemplifies an incredibleamount of knowledge, integrity, passion andfocus on excellencewhen teachingas well as outside theclassroom atall times. Heis trulyoneof themost influential and effectiveprofessorsI haveever had,andIcanthink ofnonemoredeservingof an award for excellence.”