DelVal’s Professor Gilbert Wins National Teacher Award

Apr 21, 2008

Long-time Delaware Valley College faculty member Rodney A. Gilbert of Doylestown, PA, has been selected to receive the 2008 North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture Eastern Regional Outstanding Teacher Award during NACTA's 54th annual conference to be held June 10 through 13 at Utah State University.
The NACTA Regional Outstanding Teacher Award is presented to one individual from each of five regions after evaluation of the instructor's teaching philosophy and a statement about the nominee's promotion and enhancement of teaching at the university, state, regional and/or national level. In addition, current students, alumni, administrative officers and peers submit evaluations. Factors considered include availability to students, teaching innovations and departmental/institutional activity. This year's theme, "Retaining the Best," complements NACTA's mission of advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning in agricultural, environmental and natural and life sciences on a national level.

"During his 35 years at Delaware Valley College, Asst. Professor Gilbert has distinguished himself and the college many times," said Dr. James Diamond, Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Studies. "Though this award is added to many others, Rodney remains a humble man; his proudest achievements are the successes of the many students he has impacted over the years."

Gilbert joined the Delaware Valley College faculty in 1973. He is an Assistant Professor of Animal Science, has held the position of superintendent of livestock and has taught many of the livestock production and judging courses. He is a well-known livestock judge and a director of the Bucks-Mont Cooperative Wool Pool and coach of the Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Team. He is co-researcher on many beef, sheep and swine papers. He holds membership in the Pennsylvania Sheep and Wool Grower's Association, Pennsylvania Angus Association, Pennsylvania Polled Hereford Association, Pennsylvania Cattlemen's Association, Pennsylvania Yorkshire Association and National Livestock Judging Coaches Association. Gilbert earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and his Master of Science degree in Animal Production from the University of Connecticut.

Professor Gilbert is only one of many excellent faculty members in our Large Animal Science department.