Dr. Pasha Lyvers Peffer, Interim Associate Chair and Associate Professor, was awarded the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Educator Award during the NACTA Annual Conference. One of the central purposes of NACTA is to recognize those individuals whose efforts represent the very best in agricultural higher education. The NACTA Educator Award (previously called the NACTA Teacher Fellow Award) is a criterion based award and is reviewed by a committee of NACTA members. The 63rd NACTA Conference was held June 28-July 1 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Dr. Lyvers Peffer serves as the undergraduate program leader for students enrolled in Animal Sciences. In this role, her responsibilities include: chairing the departmental academic affairs committee, directing the departmental undergraduate research program, managing the undergraduate academic program assessment, and coordinating the honors program. She is involved in undergraduate instruction, teaching fundamental animal biology concepts to a diverse student demographic, and curricular advising. Her work in the scholarship of teaching and learning aims to define methods of teaching that foster an instructional environment in which students are intrinsically motivated and realize their potential for learning.