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Tyler Award

This award recognizes professional achievement in research, teaching or public service by faculty members of the OSU Animal Science Department. Rusty Gosz was recognized with this award at the 2017 Department of Animal Science Banquet.

Dan Stein

Dr. Daniel R. Stein is a beloved and dedicated Associate Professor with primary emphasis in Livestock Production and has demonstrated his love and passion for student success that has propelled him into being recognized as one of the most accomplished and highest honored teachers and advisors in the university.  During his short eight-year tenure on the Animal Science faculty, Dr. Stein has been honored as the OSU Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council Outstanding CASNR Faculty Member in 2011 and 2016; the OSU University Award for Excellence in Student Advisement in 2011 and 2014; the Alpha Zeta Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011; the University “Leave the Ladder Down” for outstanding mentoring in 2012; the Gamma Sigma Delta New Teacher Award of Merit in 2013; the Mortar Board Golden Torch Award for the Outstanding CASNR faculty member in 2013; the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society OSU Faculty Member of the Year in 2016 and the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Educator Award in 2016.  His outstanding relationship with students is highlighted by Dr. Stein being named as one of the Top Ten Most Wanted Professors at OSU by our campus paper, the Daily O’Collegian in 2014.

Dr. Stein was raised on a family farm in Cherokee, Oklahoma and graduated with a B.S. degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, OK in 1978, majoring in agriculture ecology.  After graduation, he joined the Stein Angus Farm family partnership and for nearly three decades bred and marketed registered Angus cattle.  The operation was dispersed in 2002 due to his father’s and uncle’s health.  While the dispersal of the family Angus operation ended one chapter in Dr. Stein’s career, it also initiated a journey that would bring him to Oklahoma State University in search of advanced degrees.

In the fall of 2002 he began his graduate program in reproductive physiology and completed his M.S. degree in 2004.  He immediately began his Ph.D. program in Animal Breeding and Physiology and earned his doctoral degree in 2009.  Upon graduation, he accepted an assistant professor position with an 80% teaching, 20% extension appointment within the Animal Science Department.   He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015 and is currently teaching the first-year Introduction to Animal Science course and the third-year Animal Reproduction course.  Dr. Stein also advises approximately 100 undergraduate students annually and also is advising three MS graduate students as well as serving on five MS graduate committees.

Dr. Stein has been a faculty advisor for the CASNR Freshman in Transition (FIT) Living Community since 2010 and is co-advising the OSU Collegiate Cattleman Association and the Animal Science Undergraduate Research Scholars Program.  He has served on the University grade appeals committee, the University student conduct committee, the CASNR faculty council and the Pre-Health Professional Advising Committee. Most recently, Dr. Stein was selected to serve a three-year term as an ITLE Faculty Teaching Fellow.   His extension responsibilities have focused on animal reproduction and breeding.   Dr. Stein has authored or co-authored 14 peer ­ reviewed journal articles, 45 abstracts, 4 ANSI Research Reports, 11 chapters in the OSU Beef Cattle Manual and 2 book chapters.  In addition, he has presented 48 Master Cattleman presentations, 26 county and regional presentations, and 30 state and national presentations.

Dr. Stein and his wife, Jana, are invaluable to the university, its students and student organizations.  He brings a strong sense of determination, responsibility, work ethic, character and practical experience to the classroom.  His accomplishments are many because his peers and students recognized the expertise, love and passion that he brings to his department, college and university.

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