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NMSU's Clary Receives Top Teaching Award

LAS CRUCES - Cynda Clary, an associate professor at New Mexico State University, won a prestigious Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Clary, a faculty member in the agricultural economics and agricultural business department, is one of eight regional recipients who received a $2,000 stipend check Nov. 11 during the annual meeting of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges in Washington, D.C.

The award, the highest recognition a faculty member can receive in agriculture, was authorized by Congress in 1990. Nominees come from a wide spectrum of departments in agriculture, natural resources, veterinary science and human sciences. Recipients are selected based on ability in the classroom, use of innovative teaching methods, service to students and the profession, and achievements in scholarship.

In 1998, Clary received the Distinguished Teaching Award from NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics. She has also been recognized by the Western Agricultural Economics Association, which named her the region's outstanding instructor with less than 10 years of experience. North Carolina State University presented her with a Young Achiever Award in 1999.

Clary, who joined NMSU in 1993, is from Imperial, Calif. She earned a bachelor's in agricultural business management from California Polytechnic State University and a master's degree in management from Purdue University. She received her doctorate in economics from North Carolina State University.