Tarleton professor selected to Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators

The Texas A&M University System Chancellor's Century Council recognized its 2019 inductees into the Chancellor's Academy of Teacher Educators on March 1 during a banquet in College Station. Pictured (l-r) are Chancellor John Sharp, Tarleton professor Dr. David Frazier, and Randy and Suzanne Birdwell, general chairs of the Chancellor's Century Council.

STEPHENVILLE (March 6, 2019) — Tarleton State University’s Dr. David Frazier has been inducted into The Texas A&M University System 2019 Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators. The academy recognizes individuals who make significant contributions to teacher education.

“Congratulations to all of the honorees and thank you for your service to this state and nation,” Chancellor John Sharp said during the awards presentation March 1 in College Station. “I have no doubt that the future will be brighter for it.”

Each year, university faculty, staff and students are invited to nominate any full-time faculty member who has had a significant impact on the preparation of teachers. Inductees then are selected by academy members.

Honorees receive a $1,000 stipend, provided by Chancellor’s Century Council, a commemorative medallion and a certificate.

An associate professor of agricultural education and consumer sciences, Frazier joined the Tarleton faculty in August 2013. He has a doctorate of agricultural education from the University of Missouri, and both a master of science and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Texas Tech University.

Frazier mentors hundreds of former and current students.

“Dr. Frazier’s commitment to the success of all students is evident in his eagerness to share his knowledge and experiences as an educator, not only to students within the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences but across the nation,” said Dr. Wayne Atchley, head of the Department of Agricultural & Consumer Sciences. 

“As the lead faculty member for the Agricultural Education program, he is a teacher of teachers for one of the top Agricultural Education programs in the nation. Dr. Frazier is a highly sought-after national speaker at conferences and workshops and is recognized as a leader among his peers.”

Frazier has taught 24 courses at Tarleton and served as master’s thesis chair or committee member to nearly 70 graduate students. He has authored several refereed journal articles relating to agriculture education, presented at more than a dozen conferences and brought in more than $190,000 in grant funding.

“Over the course of the past seven years, Dr. Frazier has worked tirelessly at Tarleton, both in and out of the classroom, to ensure that his students are among the elite agricultural science teachers in the nation,” said Dr. Stephen Damron, dean of the college. “During his tenure at Tarleton, he has worked with nearly 300 agricultural science and 22 family and consumer science clinical teachers. This is a staggering number and ranks as one of the largest programs in the country.”

Frazier also is a steadfast supporter of FFA, spearheading an annual national FFA officer preparation workshop at Tarleton. He authored the Texas FFA National Officer Candidate Study Guide and serves as a guest speaker to high school FFA chapters and state FFA associations, volunteers as a workshop organizer and presenter to state officer selection committees, and judges FFA contests and livestock exhibitions held across the state and nation.

Among his accolades received through the years are the Honorary American FFA Degree; the Texas and National FFA H.O. Sargent Non-Member Award; the New Mexico, Tennessee, Missouri and Texas FFA Honorary State FFA Degrees; and the Barry B. Thompson Excellence in Service Award from Tarleton in 2015. Most recently, he received the 2019 Faculty Excellence in Student Success Award at Tarleton.

“Dr. Frazier’s enthusiasm and passion for teaching is never-ending, but what impresses me the most is his dedication to his fellow man,” said former student and current Stephenville High School agricultural education teacher Savannah Bowers. “Not only is Dr. Frazier a selfless individual dedicated to improving the lives of those around him, he truly is an exemplary educator willing to offer assistance to anyone in need, regardless of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, which not only speaks to his character but also allows him to positively impact the culture and environment of the Tarleton teacher preparation program.

“He takes an active role in clinical teaching by visiting young educators and offering much-needed assistance during their field experiences. While I have only been an ag educator and FFA adviser for a short time, I have been fortunate to find great success at an early age. I attribute a large majority of this success to the wisdom and support Dr. Frazier has offered me.”

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