Dr. Joey Bray, chair of the Stephen F. Austin State University Department of Agriculture and associate professor, was among seven SFA faculty members honored at the April 11 Teaching Excellence Convocation.
"At SFA, excellence in teaching is at the core of our mission. These honorees represent not only themselves but also many others who are the best in education," said Dr. Steve Bullard, SFA provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Our mission at SFA is to engage students in a learner-centered environment. This year's honorees are exemplars of this mission in action."
According to the university press release, the Teaching Excellence Awards were established in 1994 to honor outstanding classroom teachers at SFA. Each of the university's six colleges selects a faculty member to receive the annual award based on knowledge of subject matter, quality of lectures and assignments, enthusiasm for teaching, interest in and availability to students, commitment to continuous improvement, and contribution to the quality of teaching at SFA by assisting and encouraging other faculty members.
Bray joined the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture in 2002, and currently serves as director of poultry science, which includes SFA's Broiler Research Center and Poultry Research Center. He received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in agriculture from SFA and a doctoral degree in poultry management from Texas A&M University. He teaches numerous undergraduate and graduate poultry science courses and introductory livestock anatomy and physiology for the animal science curriculum at SFA. His research focuses on poultry management practices such as nutritional feed additives, poultry health, poultry lighting, poultry husbandry and welfare, and the environmental impacts of commercial poultry production.