Toni DiTommaso, Chair of the SIPS Soil and Crop Sciences Section and Richard C. Call Director of Undergraduate Study for the Agricultural Sciences Major, received a 2019 Excellence in College and University Teaching Award for Food and Agricultural Sciences at the 132nd annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) held. Four faculty received national teaching awards with five recognized regionally, and two for early career achievements.
DiTommaso teaches two 4-credit courses for undergraduates: Weed Biology & Management (PLSCS 3150) and Integrated Pest Management (ENTOM/PLSCS 4440). He also teaches Weed Ecology and Management (PLSCS 6140). Among other awards for research and extension, he received a teaching award from Crop Science Society of America in 2015. DiTommaso’s APLU award includes $2000 to be used for improving his teaching program. He is considering using the award funds to create virtual tours of the weed science and crop gardens so these field resources are available to students taking courses in the spring semester.