June 20, 2013

WSU professor guides animal science students

Dr. Kristen Johnson

Dr. Kristen Johnson

Bozeman, MT – Animal science students at Washington State University can learn a lot from Dr. Kristen Johnson. As a professor and advisor, Johnson takes time to help students get research experience. She will be recognized tonight with the Western Section Distinguished Teaching Award.

Johnson earned her BS degree in Animal Industries from the University of Connecticut, and a MS in Animal Husbandry and PhD in Animal Sciences from Michigan State University. A two-year post-doctoral position with Dr. D.E. Johnson at Colorado State University was instrumental in launching her research program focused in animal energetics.

Johnson’s major teaching responsibilities include Animal Sciences Orientation (AS 180), Beef Cattle Production (AS 474) and Ruminant Nutrition (AS 408) in addition to guest lectures in other classes across campus. Johnson works with hundreds of freshmen at the start of their animal science careers and she teaches and mentors them again as seniors. Johnson has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to undergraduate education at WSU in the areas of advising, mentoring undergraduate research, teaching and recruiting. Graduate student mentoring and service as department Graduate Coordinator are additional contributions she makes to the teaching programs.

Johnson maintains a successful and impactful research program in beef cattle energetics and has applied this work to basic and applied research designed to improve the efficiency and sustainability of ruminant production. Johnson’s service contributions are extensive with departmental, college, university, national and international committee work and supervisory responsibilities for the WSU Beef Cattle Center and Cattle Feeding Laboratory. Professional service to WSASAS has included: Beef Symposium Committee and the Competition Paper Committee and at the national level her ASAS service has included: member of Board of Directors, Awards Committees, Alpharma Symposium Committee, Nominating Committee, Graduate Director Nominating Committee and Public Policy Committee.