A Texas A&M University professor from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences was recently granted the school’s Association of Former Students College-Level Teaching Award for the College of Geosciences. Andrew Dessler has been a professor at the institution for nine years.
During his career at Texas A&M, which spans almost a decade, the professor has previously taught courses on atmospheric science and physics, climate modeling, and the science and politics of climate change. According to the university, he is appreciated by his students, who describe him as a “thought provoking and motivational professor who serves as a mentor and role model.”
The researcher has been dedicated to studying climate change, water vapor, and clouds throughout his career, and his work is regarded as essential to the environmental research field, both in informing the scientific community and introducing students to the importance of studying the issue of climate change. In fact, he has contributed to the public discussion on climate change by writing numerous opinion pieces and blogs, has been interviewed in the mainstream media and testified before U.S. select committees, in addition to his work as a professor.
The Texas A&M Association of Former Students College-Level Teaching Award is only one of many other awards granted to Professor Dessler. Earlier this year, he received the AMS Louis J. Battan Author’s Award for “Introduction to Modern Climate Change,” and in 2012, he was awarded the AGU Atmospheric Sciences Ascent award. Dessler has also been nominated as a Fellow to the inaugural Google Science Communications program.
Every year during the fall, the Association of Former Students honors outstanding faculty members for their dedication to teaching, in recognition of the recipients’ talent, expertise, and devotion to conveying knowledge to students. The program was established in 1982 and it grants each recipient a $2,000 cash gift.