Daniel Civco, a professor in the Department of Natural Resources Management and Engineering, has received a National Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences.
It is the highest honor an educator in the field of agriculture and natural resources can receive.
Civco, an expert on geomatics who specializes in remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), was presented with the award on Nov. 11, during a meeting of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC) in New York City.
The award is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.
“Dr. Civco is a world class instructor. He brings the results of his and others’ research into his teaching, and provides students with a sound fundamental understanding of his discipline that is complemented by state-of-the-art technology,” says Cameron Faustman, associate dean in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
“It’s a wonderful honor that results from a very competitive process. Dr. Civco’s recognition reflects well on his department and our college and university. We couldn’t be more proud.”
John Clausen, a professor of natural resources management and engineering and one of those who nominated Civco for the award, says, “Dan is a productive researcher who has kept teaching as his number one priority. He loves to teach, and continually works at becoming a better teacher.”
|Award-winning educator Daniel Civco, left, a professor of natural resources management, explains a point to Josh Weiss, a senior, in a computer laboratory at the W.B. Young Building.
|Photo by Peter Morenus
Says Civco, “I believe that my role is not only as a teacher, but also as a facilitator, encouraging students to question, examine, explore, and hopefully develop the level of enthusiasm – and love – that I have for what I teach.
“The accomplishments of an educator are a reflection of his or her students,” he adds. “I consider this award a recognition of them as much as of me.”
Civco, who earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from UConn, joined the college as a research assistant in 1976.
He became an assistant professor in 1992 and a full professor in 2004. Since 2002, he has been director of the University’s Center for Land Use Education and Research.
Civco becomes the sixth member of the CANR faculty to be honored with an USDA award, but the first to win the national award. Karl Guillard, a professor of plant science, won a regional USDA award in 2002.