OSU’s Joe Schatzer honored for enhancing students’ learning experiences

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Joe Schatzer of Oklahoma State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics has
been named a 2018 recipient of the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award.

The annual OSU award recognizes a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated a
strong dedication to enhancing students’ classroom learning experience. Nominees must
be recommended by both professors and students.

Mike Woods, professor and head of the department of agricultural economics, nominated
Schatzer for the prestigious award and praised his dedication to students.

“I have observed no one who works harder or cares more about students,” he said, “It
is accurate to say that Dr. Schatzer has shaped the form and content of our undergraduate
program for more than two decades.”

Woods added that on top of all of Schatzer’s duties in the classroom, he also advises
more than 90 undergraduate students annually who are majoring in agricultural economics
or agribusiness.

Growing up on his family farm in rural Missouri, Schatzer knew as a sen­­­ior in high
school that he wanted to receive a doctorate in agricultural economics. He did not
realize it at the time but the decision would allow him to significantly and positively
affect the lives of many students along the way.

An OSU faculty member since 1983, Schatzer said that while he is pleased and humbled
to receive the honor, awards are not something he usually needs to feel successful.

“My goal has always been to move students from where they were to some better point
of knowledge,” he said.

Kate Miller, a senior majoring in agricultural economics and agricultural communications,
is just one of the many students who Schatzer has provided guidance to throughout
his career.

“He creates an environment for students that invites questions and conversation,”
she said.

On her very first day of classes at OSU, Schatzer sparked her interest in agricultural
economics and has been a driving force …

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