Ag and Resource Economics professor awarded national teaching honor

Marshall Frasier, Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado State University, September 23, 2014
Marshall Frasier, professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Long-recognized by his students and colleagues as an outstanding teacher, Marshall Frasier, a professor in CSU’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, has now been honored by the Agricultural and Applied Economic Association for his commitment to students and for his proficiency in the classroom.

Outstanding Teaching Award

Frasier was recently awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award from the AAEA, an award given to faculty members with more than 10 years of experience who have demonstrated excellence in teaching throughout their careers.

“As much an honor as it is to be recognized by my discipline, I am most deeply warmed by the affirmation that I have received from my students and colleagues,” said Frasier. “The success that I’ve enjoyed in my teaching and helping lead our undergraduate program would not have been possible without the strong support and engagement of the best set of peers with which one could ask to serve.”

‘Friend and mentor’

In his 22 years at Colorado State University, Frasier has taught a number of courses including Agricultural Production Management, Optimization Methods for Applied Economics, and Orientation to Agricultural Systems Management. Of the many accolades he has received from students, Frasier is characterized as a “friend and mentor” and a “go-to problem solver.” He also played a central role in the creation of the Ag Adventure program which brings in local third-graders from the Poudre School District and introduces them to the work of the college and agriculture more generally.

Frasier has also been instrumental in the development of new curriculum at CSU and at the national level. He served on the College Academic Affairs Committee for 16 years and CSU’s University Curriculum Committee for 3 years. Frasier is currently leading a Western Education/Extension and Research Activity Regional Research Committee effort to standardize the learning outcomes of agribusiness programs throughout the country to better align the field’s graduates with the changing needs of agribusiness employers.

Vision, commitment, leadership and dedication

“Even at times where agribusiness programs in other parts of the country struggled to maintain their numbers, our program has flourished because of the vision, commitment, leadership and dedication to relevance that Marshall has provided to our program,” said CSU Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics Dawn Thilmany.