Texas Tech professor awarded ANLA L.C. Chadwick Award

The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) recently presented its L.C. Chadwick Educator’s Award to Dr. Ellen Peffley of Texas Tech University during a special visitation day by the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association State Board of Directors at the Lubbock campus.

ANLA Region V Director James Berry of Plant Development Services, Inc, Loxley, Ala., and ANLA Texas Lt. Governor Anna Johnson of Little Red Riding Hood Nursery, Lubbock, Texas, presented the Chadwick award to Dr. Peffley during her presentation on Growing Plants in Space before TNLA members and Texas Tech faculty and students.

ANLA’s L.C. Chadwick Award recognizes an outstanding landscape horticulture instructor who effectively taught and motivated students to develop their horticulture skills and pursue excellence in their careers. Unlike many educator awards given for publication of research work, this award recognizes effective horticulture teaching.

Peffley has been teaching horticulture at Texas Tech since 1984. Prior to teaching, she worked with the Asgrow Seed Company as both a field production representative and vegetable quality assurance analyst. In her spare time, Peffley has been a member of a number of professional societies including the American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Society for Horticulture Science (Southern Region); Council for Agricultural Science and Technology; Texas State Horticulture Society; and Texas Vegetable Association.

Throughout her career, Peffley has received many honors and awards such as the Outstanding Woman in Agricultural and Home Economics College Award from New Mexico State University; the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award from Texas Tech, L.M. Ware Distinguished Teaching Award for Distinguished Teaching Career from the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticulture Science and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for the year 2002. Among her many accolades, Peffley has been asked to speak around the world on horticulture.

Peffley’s principle research interests lie in cytogenetics, marker-facilitated gene mapping, plant tissue culture, and plant transformation, hydroponic strategies for vegetables. Peffley has written six books and has had articles published in more than 20 publications.

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