Texas Tech Agricultural Educator Receives Fulbright Grant

A professor in Texas Tech’s Department of Agricultural Education and Communications will teach extension methods at Egerton University in Kenya.

A nationally recognized agricultural educator from Texas Tech University has received a Fulbright Grant from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.


David Lawver, a professor in Texas Tech’s Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, will teach extension methods during the fall semester at Egerton University near the east African provincial capital of Nakuru, Kenya.


“Today’s education should become the catalyst to bring about a resurgence of economic development and productivity to the communities it serves,” Lawver said.


His project, titled “Extension Education in Kenya: Farmer Field Schools as an Alternative Approach,” is aimed at more effectively disseminating knowledge generated by researchers to farmers.


Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. According to Texas Tech officials, Lawver is only the second member of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources faculty to receive a Fulbright Grant.


“David brings a wealth of experience to this Fulbright assignment,” said John Burns, the dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. “He’s done excellent work in the agricultural education field and has proven leadership skills that will be an asset to the students at Egerton University. It’s an exciting time for him and for our college.”


Lawver joined Texas Tech’s faculty in 1989, rising through the academic ranks to become a professor in 2000. Prior to coming to the South Plains, he served as an assistant professor in agricultural education at Texas A&I University. He also worked as an agricultural science teacher in Missouri communities of Higginsville, Bronaugh and Granby.


A native of Carl Junction, Mo., Lawver earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural education and vocational technical education from the University of Missouri. His doctorate in agricultural and extension education is from Mississippi State University. He currently serves on the managing editing board of the Journal of Agricultural Education.


The Council for International Exchange of Scholars, under a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of State, administers the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals. Each year, the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends some 800 U.S. faculty and professionals to 140 countries to lecture, research or participate in seminars. At the same time, approximately 800 foreign faculty come to the United States each year.


“Dr. Lawver’s  selection as a Fulbright Scholar will enrich his life which will, in turn, enrich the lives of the students at Egerton University, as well as our students here at Texas Tech University,” said Norman Hopper, Texas Tech’s Associate Dean and Piper Professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.


CONTACT: Jane Bell, Fulbright program advisor, (806) 742-2974, or jane.bell@ttu.edu.