2013 Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Lecture

In honor of

Cale Bigelow
Cale Bigelow

Department of Agronomy

Monday, September 16th

Lecture: 3:30–4 p.m. 

The Future of Nontraditional Agriculture Students:  Recruitment, Retention and Classroom Engagement—Teaching 2.0

Deans Auditorium, (PFEN 241), Pfendler Hall 

Reception: 4–5 p.m.

Leopold’s Landing, Pfendler Hall 

Stream Links and Information

Cale Bigelow is an associate professor in the Agronomy Department and is heavily involved in undergraduate instruction and advising for the turf science program. He truly enjoys his interaction with students and has had the fortune to teach at both the university and community college level. He also has a heavy Extension appointment, which allows him the opportunity to “teach” homeowners and industry professionals about a wide range of topics, like the benefits of turf and how to properly select, plant, and care for this urban natural resource. During his time at Purdue, his students and advisees have gone on to successful managerial positions in all facets of the turf industry, including highly regarded golf courses that host major televised events like the Masters, the U.S. Open, and the Ryder Cup, as well as stadium fields for major league baseball, soccer, the National Football League, and even polo grounds. He is passionate about teaching and helping students learn, experience, and take ownership of their education. To do this he has engaged a variety of educational approaches and technologies to help them appreciate the science and art of turfgrass management. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Bigelow has an active, applied research program that provides practical solutions for all aspects of the turfgrass industry. These projects range from identifying new or underutilized species for low maintenance turfs that use less water and fertilizer to programs that meet the expectations of intensively managed golf course and athletic field areas.

History of the Award

The Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award is named for an individual who had a profound impact on the College of Agriculture. Richard L. Kohls served Purdue University from 1948 to 1986 as a faculty leader, teacher, researcher, and administrator. He served one year as Assistant Head of Agricultural Economics, two years as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and from 1968 through 1980 as Dean of Agriculture. In 1981, he returned to teaching and research as a professor of Agricultural Economics. The Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher is the highest honor within the College of Agriculture to recognize our most critical and fundamental mission – teaching.

A committee of faculty and undergraduates select the recipient from the individuals nominated from the eleven College of Agriculture departments (previous winners are not eligible to be nominated). Each department may submit only one nomination.