Dr. Allan Felsot, former Chair of AGRO and long time AGRO member, has been awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching from the Entomological Society of America. Dr. Felsot is a professor in the Department of Entomology in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University (WSU).
He received his B.S. degree in biology from Tulane University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in entomology from the University of Florida and Iowa State University, respectively. His current responsibilities at the Tri-Cities campus of WSU are divided among teaching, research, and extension while serving as academic director for math and science and as the graduate coordinator for environmental sciences. Dr. Felsot teaches across disciplines and video streams courses to the several academic campuses of WSU and the Research & Extension Centers. Course titles that he currently teaches include General Entomology, Ecological and Integrated Pest Management, Pesticides and the Environment, Biotechnology and the Environment, Plant Physiology, and The Ecosystem. Additionally, he has developed online versions of his IPM and pesticide courses for the WSU M.S. in agriculture online (Global Campus) degree. He also developed a third online-only course, Agricultural Chemical Technology for Crop Protection and Production. Dr. Felsot has received the WSU CAHNRS Excellence in Extension Award and the RM Wade Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award, and he was a member of the Urban IPM and Pesticide Safety Team that received the CAHNRS Team Interdisciplinary Award. Other honors include the ESA Founders Memorial Award and the American Chemical Society Agrochemicals Division Fellow Award. Dr. Felsot’s philosophy of teaching promotes skeptical inquiry to challenge “authority” through examination and communication of evidence-based information. He encourages students to be curious about scientific and technological subjects and to read the primary research literature.
Congratulations to Allan for this well-deserved award!