Ralph and Leila Boulware Endowed Chair
Office: 104E Animal Science
About Dr. Mafi
Gretchen Mafi is a Professor and the Ralph & Leila Boulware Endowed Chair in the Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University, where she conducts research and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in meat science. Gretchen earned her bachelor’s degree in 1994, from Texas Tech University, a Master of Science degree in 1996, from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in Animal Science with emphasis in meat science in 2000, from Texas Tech.
Gretchen joined USDA-Agriculture Marketing Service as a meat marketing specialist in 2001. In August 2002, she accepted an assistant professor position at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX. In 2006, Gretchen began as an assistant professor in Meat Science at Oklahoma State University.
Gretchen’s love and passion for teaching make her career choice in academia obvious. She teaches three meat science courses each semester at OSU, along with her advising and research responsibilities. She conducts research in the area of meat cutability and quality, with over 50 published articles in scientific journals. Also, Gretchen coaches the Oklahoma State Meat Judging Team and Meat Evaluation Team. She also plays a vital role in extension at OSU coordinating meat judging contests and providing support for other programs and activities on campus and around the state. She is actively involved in the American Meat Science Association, as a current board member, a leader of several committees and served as the AMSA Intercollegiate Meat Coaches Association President in 2010-11.
Gretchen received the Merrick Foundation Teaching Award for the American Free Enterprise System awarded by Oklahoma State University in 2015, as well as the Award of Excellence in Teaching from the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. She also received the American Meat Science Association Achievement Award in 2007. Gretchen and her husband, Jeff Mafi reside on their farm in Coyle, OK, raising purebred Angus Cattle.