New CASNR Department Chairman Named

Chairman will be responsible for programs affecting more than 250 students and nearly a dozen faculty members.

Steve Fraze, former professor and current student services director in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, will serve as the department chairman starting Sept. 1.
A nationally recognized expert in agricultural education and strong proponent of distance education has been selected to lead the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications as its new chairman. Steve Fraze, a longtime professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications and currently the college’s student services director, will assume his new duties Sept. 1. In this new position, he will have responsibility for programs affecting 215 undergraduate students, 70 graduate students and 10 faculty members. “Steve Fraze is an outstanding educator and innovative thinker in both scientific and personal terms,” said John Burns, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. “He also has been a tremendous advocate for his students during his outstanding tenure here at Texas Tech.” The department supervises several degree programs, including a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary agriculture, bachelor of science in agricultural communications, master of science in agricultural education and a doctorate of education in agricultural education. In addition, the department participates in the interdepartmental program leading to the master of agriculture degree with an option in agricultural communications or agricultural extension education. Fraze also will oversee continued progress of several distance education programs, including an innovative distance education program, informally known as “Doc @Distance.” The program was developed in an effort to take the university to a specific group of mid-career professionals working in agriculture. “I feel greatly honored to have been selected, and I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve,” Fraze said. Fraze, who now serves as the department’s interim chair, was named a full professor in 2004. A native of Dora, NM, Fraze earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Lubbock Christian College and a master’s degree along with a teaching certificate from Texas Tech. He received his doctorate from Texas A&M University. Fraze replaces former agricultural education and communications chairman Matt Baker, who on Aug. 1 will step into his new post as the founding dean for the planned Texas Tech College of Outreach and Distance Education.