Dr. Kerry Litzenberg, a Regents Professor in the department of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University, has received a teaching excellence award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture - one of two given annually in the nation.

The national award in food and agricultural sciences honors excellence in teaching by recognizing faculty from a college or university who both practice and promote effective, innovative teaching, according to the USDA. Recipients must exhibit sustained, meritorious and exceptional teaching at the post-secondary level within the food and agricultural sciences.

Litzenberg received the award at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ annual conference held recently in San Francisco.

Litzenberg has been at Texas A&M since 1979 and has taught more than 10,000 students during his academic career. In 2010, he was awarded a Presidential Professor of Teaching Excellence award and was recognized as a Regents Professor for the Texas A&M University System in 2009. The Texas A&M Association of Former Students also has honored Litzenberg with their Distinguished Teaching award on three occasions.

Litzenberg also was cited for work with the Faculty Teaching Academy of the Center for Teaching Excellence and coordinating the peer-teaching review in the department of agricultural economics, helping develop new generations of college teachers.

He earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Purdue University. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities is a research and advocacy organization of public research universities, land-grant institutions and many state university systems. According to the association, its mission is to support high-quality public higher education and its member institutions as they perform their learning, discovery and engagement missions.