PULLMAN, Wash. — Phillip Senger, honored in 1995 with Washington State University’s Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award, is this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award from the American Society of Animal Sciences.
The national honor was announced last month at the society’s annual meeting in Denver, Colo.
Senger was recognized for his dynamic, innovative and challenging approaches to teaching. “The enthusiasm he displays for his subject matter is contagious, and he has inspired numerous undergraduate students to pursue advanced degrees in animal sciences,” says the “Journal of Animal Sciences” in its citation. “His innovative approach to teaching includes the use of daily writing assignments to reinforce and enhance the ability of his students to synthesize, summarize and express the ‘big picture’ from the salient points of his lectures.”
A 1966 graduate of North Carolina State University, Senger received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He first joined the WSU faculty in 1974 and later was a dairy physiology professor at Pennsylvania State University. Returning to WSU in 1984, he was appointed full professor in 1985.
Senger teaches undergraduate courses in animal physiology, farm animal reproduction, dairy cattle reproduction, and artificial insemination and pregnancy diagnosis.
His textbook for undergraduate courses in reproduction, “Pathways to Pregnancy and Parturition,” has been adopted by more than 50 colleges and universities in its first year of publication.