Fourth UTIA faculty member to serve as a Fulbright Scholar since 2010


Peter Krawczel at Tennessee dairy
Peter Krawczel, an assistant professor of animal science with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar for 2014-15. He will perform a dairy welfare assessment and applied dairy research in Croatia. Photo by Michele Wilson, courtesy UTIA. Download image.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Peter Krawczel, an assistant professor with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar for 2014-15. Krawczel is a faculty member focused on dairy research and extension in the UTIA Department of Animal Science, a unit of the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

The prestigious honor will fund Krawczel for five months of research and teaching focused on dairy welfare assessment and applied dairy research in Croatia.

The Fulbright Program is an elite international exchange initiative that awards about 1,100 grants to American scholars each year.

Funded by the U.S. government, Fulbright Scholars are chosen based on their leadership and academic merits and their abilities to teach, conduct research and contribute to solutions for shared international concerns.

Krawczel’s tie to Croatia springs from a 2012 memorandum of understanding signed between the UTIA and UT Extension, the Croatian agro-business Agrokor, which is a vertically integrated food industry giant in the region, and the University of J.J. Strossmayer University in Osijek, Croatia. The partnership promotes innovative solutions in agricultural production between Tennessee and the Republic of Croatia.

Through that wide-ranging agreement, Krawczel and other Institute faculty visited Agrokor dairy farms and associated heifer and calf facilities to evaluate their production practices and make practical recommendations. The Fulbright returns Krawczel to Croatia to study, implement and evaluate changes in cattle management at dairy farms within the Agrokor system.

He will share findings of his research with the University of J.J. Strossmayer University and an international society focused on dairy science. The results will also form the basis of publication in peer-reviewed journals, and Krawczel will disseminate them through a newsletter he writes for Tennessee dairy producers.

Krawczel is the fourth faculty member with UTIA to serve as a Fulbright Scholar since 2010. Other Institute ties to the esteemed program include a faculty member who served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist and an alumna selected as a Fulbright Scholar while in graduate school.

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.

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Contact:

Peter Krawczel, assistant professor, UT Department of Animal Science, 865-974-8941, pkrawcze@utk.edu