Andrew Pulte Is the Winner of the E.R. “Prof” Lidvall Outstanding Teaching Award​

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recognized some of its top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville August 17, 2018. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Chancellor Tim Cross hosted the award winners, and praised them for their work. “The people we recognized at our ceremony exemplify the Institute of Agriculture’s commitment to our mission of providing real life solutions through teaching, discovery and service on campus – throughout Tennessee and across the world,” Cross says. “Their hard work and dedication inspires all of us to be our best.”  

Andrew Pulte has been with UTIA since his days as a graduate student, and now is a Public Horticulture Senior Lecturer in the Department of Plant Sciences. Pulte was honored with the Institute’s Williams – E.R. “Prof” Lidvall Outstanding Teaching Award. This award was established by Donald Williams, a 1961 graduate of the College of Agriculture, and honors Williams’ former professor and mentor, Professor E.R. Lidvall. The award recognizes faculty who exemplify Lidvall’s commitment to excellence in the classroom

Pulte teaches courses in public horticulture; basic landscaping; plants for health, aesthetics and recreation; and one class called “Plants that changed the world.” His responsibilities also include advising and coordinating the plant sciences undergraduate program. He also worked with students to design and install new landscaping at the entrance of campus greenhouses – and the group received an award for that project.

“I see every opportunity to teach as a way to inspire every student to achieve a greater level of learning,” Pulte says. “Learning, which can be one of the most empowering and important human experiences, is at the center of everything I do at UT.”

Pulte has also coordinated study abroad programs in Jamaica, Thailand, and this spring – Costa Rica – and he has conducted guided garden trips to Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom. A native of Nebraska, Pulte holds a bachelor’s from the University of Nebraska, and in his home state, he worked in horticultural education for the National Arbor Day Foundation and the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha. Pulte’s master’s degree and Ph.D. were earned in horticulture from the University of Tennessee.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture celebrates 50 years of excellence in providing Real. Life. Solutions. Through teaching, discovery and service.​.



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