Jones Awarded 2022 USDA Excellence in College and University Teaching Award


Cassie JonesDr. Cassandra Jones, Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry teaching coordinator and professor, has been named a recipient of the 2022 U.S. Department of Agriculture Excellence in College and University Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Jones completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal sciences at K-State. She continued her education at Iowa State University, earning her doctorate while studying nutritional sciences with an emphasis on swine nutrition. Since joining the ASI department in 2016, Jones has shared her passion for teaching and working with students. She currently coordinates the ASI undergraduate teaching program, serves as an academic advisor, and teaches animal nutrition courses to undergraduate and graduate students. She also has a robust research program.

“Cassie is an exceptional leader of our undergraduate teaching program, teaches a full slate of courses, and oversees a highly productive research emphasis in feed safety,” says Dr. Mike Day, K-State ASI department head. “Dr. Jones built our undergraduate research program, which effectively and comprehensively provides exposure to the scientific method for many of our students. Her understanding of what ASI students need to be fully prepared to serve as the next generation of animal scientists across the broad spectrum of career paths that they follow is unparalleled.”

This award was presented at the 2022 Annual Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities meeting in Denver, Colorado. In recognition of recipient’s dedication to instruction and scholarship, the awards include $2,000 to improve teaching at the recipient’s respective university. Kansas State University currently ranks second nationally for the number of recipients since the awards program’s inception in 1992.


The Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry serves students, livestock producers and the animal and food industries through teaching, research and education. The K-State ASI department prepares students for careers in the animal and food industries. The curriculum includes the study of nutrition, reproduction, genetics, behavior, meat science and food science with production, management, and agribusiness skills.