Many of our 400+ faculty are world-renowned leaders in their disciplines. In addition to being excellent researchers and teachers, they advance their academic fields through service.
Our faculty members serve on boards and committees for national and international research organizations. They serve as editors of peer-reviewed journals, speak to audiences far and wide and advise government officials on special issues related to agriculture. Their work inspires new generations of academics and helps shape the meaningful dialogue in their fields of expertise.
For instance, Dr. Mark Hussey, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is chair of the Administrative Heads Section and vice-chair of the Budget and Advocacy Committee, both of the Board on Agricultural Assembly of the Association of Public & Land Grant Universities (APLU). He also chars the Board of Trustees of the Council on Agriculture, Science, and Technology (CAST).
Dr. Chris Skaggs, associate dean for student development, serves as the organizational liaison and coordinator for regional stock shows, which includes serving as chair for the San Antonio Livestock Exposition.
All our faculty members go above and beyond the call of duty. Below, we’ve highlighted the service records of a few award-winning faculty members.
Dr. Ronald Kaiser
Dr. Ron Kaiser, professor of recreation, park and tourism sciences, has demonstrated excellence in service through outreach and engagement, particularly in the arena of water management. For this work, he was awarded the Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Service in 2012.
At multiple levels, Dr. Kaiser has had significant impact on water issues in Texas. Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock wrote that “his work helped inform and improve the laws governing water management in Texas.” Beyond the scholarly arena, Dr. Kaiser’s service touches the university, professional organizations and the community at large. He has served as the deputy speaker of the faculty senate and a member of the Vision 2020 committee. He has been a leader in the state bar association, offered countless educational seminars on groundwater, and is a noted resource to organizations from the Farm Bureau to the Sierra Club. In the community, he has served on the planning and zoning committee and on the central appraisal district. In short, Dr. Kaiser exemplifies service to his profession, peers and community.
Dr. Delbert M. Gatlin III
Dr. Gatlin, professor, associate head for research and graduate programs in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, and Regents Professor, has received international acclaim for his work in aquaculture and fish nutrition since joining the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences in 1987. He has served on high-ranking research committees in Norway and the United States, including as vice chair on the National Academies Committee on the Nutrient Requirements of Fish and Shrimp (2009–2010). Dr. Gatlin’s distinguished service record also includes his current work as editor of the nutrition section of Aquaculture, his positions on the editorial boards of other top research journals, and his role as advisor to organizations such as the Striped Bass Growers Association. Dr. Gatlin has also served extensively at the department, college, and university levels. He was interim head of his department (2006–2007) and has served on numerous committees in tenure and promotion, recruitment, and student selection. Among his many honors is the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Administration in 2007 and the 2012 Regents Professor Award.
Dr. Oral Capps
Dr. Capps, Regents Professor and executive professor of agricultural economics, is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in demand analysis, specializing in working with large data bases. Among his many honors is the Frank Panyko Distinguished Service Award from the Food Distribution Research Society. In November 2011, Dr. Capps was bestowed the title of Regents Professor by the Board of Regents at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Capps served on the Editorial Board of the American Agricultural Economics Association, was Past President of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, and was Past President of the Food Distribution Research Society. Currently, Dr. Capps is a Seminar Leader for the National Association of Business Economics (NABE), and he is a member of the Editorial Board for Business Economics, the professional publication of NABE. Capps also is a member of the Editorial Board for Agribusiness: An International Journal and for the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. In 2008 he began a partnership with SAS Institute, Inc., conducting Business Knowledge Series seminars in applied econometrics. He has served as a consultant to various firms, commodity boards, and law offices.
Dr. John Crompton
Dr. John Crompton, distinguished professor of recreation, park and tourism sciences at Texas A&M University, is both a Regents Professor and a Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M. He also has been selected as a Piper Professor of 2012 by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, a Texas-based nonprofit supporting charitable, scientific or educational undertakings. Among his numerous awards is the Bush Excellence Award for Public Service and the Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medal, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the parks and conservation field.
He has written 16 books that are used nationwide in university-level parks and recreation courses. He is the most published scholar in the world in the fields of tourism and parks, and recreation/leisure studies.
Crompton has served as a member of the board of trustees of the National Recreation and Park Association for nine years and is past president of four professional entities: the Texas Recreation and Parks Society, the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration, the Society of Park and Recreation Educators and the Academy of Leisure Sciences.
His civic involvement in the city of College Station resulted in the city naming the 16-acre John Crompton Park for him in 2006, as well as terms on the College Station City Council.