A college professor and a swine veterinarian were recognized at separate events this fall for their noteworthy achievements.

James Kliebenstein, economics professor in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture, has been awarded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.

Kliebenstein was one of six regional winners to receive the award at a ceremony in November in Houston, TX.

“Dr. Kliebenstein is far more than a superb teacher,” says David Acker, associate dean of academic and global programs in the College of Agriculture. “He is also the finest role model I can imagine for our students.”

Kliebenstein works to create a positive learning environment, challenging students while keeping it fun. “Creating an atmosphere where there is the desire and excitement to learn is essential. When done effectively, students will accomplish more than they ever felt possible,” says Kliebenstein.

He has authored or co-authored more than 500 publications and received more than 50 grants. This year he also received the Publication of Enduring Quality Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association.

Roy Schultz, DVM, Avoca, IA, received the Science in Practice Award for exemplary integration of science, and the art of veterinary medicine to benefit swine production and welfare.

The honor was bestowed at the 14th Annual Swine Diseases Conference at Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames, IA, on Nov. 9.

Schultz has been a swine practitioner for more than 40 years, and has provided an outstanding example of someone using science to solve swine health and welfare problems on the farm.

After practicing for over 20 years, Schultz returned to ISU to learn more about Actinobacillus pleuropneumonia (APP), a disease that was affecting clients’ herds. Upon receiving a master’s degree in veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine, he returned to his practice and developed a vaccine for APP that was licensed by the USDA.

During his years in practice, he conducted research on a number of swine health and production problems. He is a well-known lecturer before producer and veterinary audiences nationally and internationally. He has authored over 100 scientific papers.

Schultz was president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) in 1984 and was named Swine Practitioner of the Year in 1986. He is a founding member of the AASV and was given a life membership in 2003.