Construction Science Professor Dr. Charlie Parker Wins a J.E. Moss Achievement Award

J.E. Moss Award Winners, UTIA 2017

UTIA Chancellor Tim Cross (center front) is flanked by the 2017 J.E. Moss Award winners: (left to right) Charlie Parker and Joe Sarten, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science; Aaron Smith, Agricultural and Resource Economics; and Charles Lambrecht, CVM IT Team Leader.  Also pictured are the deans of the four UTIA units: (top row, left to right) Dr. Jim Thompson, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Delton Gerloff, UT Extension (interim); (center row, left to right) Bill Brown, UT AgResearch; and Caula Beyl, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Photo courtesy UTIA.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards to top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts. More than two dozen people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville July 28, 2017. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Dr. Charlie Parker, Professor in Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science, and Director of the UTIA Construction Science program, is one of the four winners of the J.E. Moss Achievement Award. Parker represents UTIA’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources as a recipient.

Parker came to UTIA from East Tennessee State University three years ago to head the new construction science program. He is Director and Senior Lecturer, and faculty sponsor of the construction science club. Since Parker started, construction science has grown in enrollment by 300%, and external funding has grown 700%. This program has a 100% job placement for its graduates.

“It is a tremendous honor to be the recipient of the J. E. Moss Achievement Award,” says Parker. “It has been a privilege for me to be the founding director and one of the instructors of the Construction Science program within the University Of Tennessee Institute Of Agriculture.  To have my work noticed and deemed noteworthy is humbling and an inspiration to continue to positively impact the lives of many students.”

About this time last year, UT was getting geared up to play Virginia Tech in football in the “Flying J Battle at Bristol,” at the motor speedway. Parker’s students competed against their Hokie counterparts to build “Smokey’s Doghouse,” a playhouse that was later auctioned off to benefit Habitat for Humanity in the Tri-cities. 

Dr. Parker was BESS’s “Teacher of the Year” for 2016, and twice was Teacher of the Year at ETSU. He enjoys home remodeling and renovations himself, as well as fishing, gardening and he’s coached youth soccer, baseball, softball and basketball. He’s been involved in so many youth sports because Charlie and his wife have five children – including two sets of twins.

UTIA Chancellor Dr. Tim Cross hosted the award winners, and praised them for their work. “The people at the UT Institute of Agriculture word hard every day to deliver real life solutions to our many stakeholders,” Cross says. “Recognition of the outstanding work by our award winners inspires all of us to strive for excellence and make a difference in the lives of Tennesseans.”

This honor was established in memory of J.E. and Ann Moss, and recognizes excellent in achievement in teaching, research, and Extension for the Institute of Agriculture. Awards are provided each year for each of the four units. Other winners were Charles Lambrecht, IT Specialist at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, Joe Sarten, an agricultural engineer with UT AgResearch and Dr. Aaron Smith, an agricultural economist with UT Extension.

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