Dr. Mike Mullen, Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs and Professor of Soil Science at NC State University was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Educator Award from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) in recognition of his meritorious service to NACTA and to higher education through teaching, educational research, and administration.
The Distinguished Educator Award, NACTA’s highest honor, was presented to Dr. Mullen on June 28th at the annual NACTA conference held at Montana State University. Mullen has been a member of NACTA since 1999, and served on the Board of Directors from 2003 through to 2011, including serving as President of NACTA in 2009-10.
NACTA is a professional society that focuses on promoting, recognizing and rewarding excellence in teaching in agriculture and related areas at the post secondary level in North America. Members of NACTA are from two-year and four-year colleges, public and private, and have a common bond of teaching agriculture and related subjects. NACTA represents all disciplines in Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, with an emphasis on advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning. When describing NACTA, Mullen says, “We are united by a passion to provide students with the best educational experience possible in our classrooms. Our annual meeting brings us all together to discuss what we do in our classes, how our students learn, new ways to approach teaching in our own classrooms, labs, and field trips.”