​Senseman and Steckel Hold Leadership Roles in WSSA

Scott Senseman and Larry Steckel, UTIA
Scott Senseman
(left) and Larry Steckel, both of the UT Institute of Agriculture, were recently elected to offices with the Weed Science Society of America. Senseman will serve as president-elect, while Steckel will serve as vice-president. Photo courtesy of UTIA.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is well represented among the leadership of the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA).

Scott Senseman, professor and head of UT’s Department of Plant Sciences, will serve as the organization’s president-elect in 2017, while Larry Steckel, professor, Plant Sciences, will serve as vice-president.

WSSA is a national scientific society that promotes research, education, and extension outreach activities concerning weeds and their impact on the environment. The Society publishes three professional journals (
Weed Science, Weed Technology, and Invasive Plant Science and Management) and provides science-based information to the public and government policy makers. Their membership is comprised of scientists from around the globe.

“Scott and Larry have been at the forefront of the weed science field for many years and will represent our Institute well as officers of WSSA,” says Tim Cross, chancellor of the UT Institute of Agriculture.

eman joined UTIA in 2013 as Plant Sciences Department Head, where he guides department faculty and staff in delivering nationally and internationally recognized programs in teaching, research and extension. Prior to that, he was a professor at Texas A&M University with a research concentration in environmental fate of pesticides and herbicide physiology. In 2016, Senseman was vice-president of WSSA.

teckel is a recognized expert in herbicide resistant weed management. He has worked as the UT Extension Weed Specialist since 2003. He is located at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson, Tennessee, where he maintains an extensive research program and has served as major professor for seven graduate level students.

n​seman and Steckel assumed their positions at the WSSA annual meeting, held in February 2017 in Tucson, Arizona.

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Dr. Scott Senseman, professor and department head, UT Department of Plant Sciences, 865-974-8033,

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