Jodi Sterle has been named the second recipient of the Eldred and Donna Harman Professorship for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Iowa State University’s Department of Animal Science.

The endowed position was established by Eldred and Donna Harman of Waterloo in 2010. Eldred Harman is a 1947 Iowa State University animal science graduate and a retired vice president of American Federal Savings.

Sterle is an associate professor of animal science and joined the faculty in 2011. She had been an associate professor and extension swine specialist at Texas A&M University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Michigan State University, and earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in swine reproductive management from the University of Missouri.

Sterle will be taking over the responsibilities as the department’s undergraduate program coordinator from Doug Kenealy, a university professor of animal science. Kenealy is retiring this spring after 37 years on the faculty. He was the first recipient of the Eldred and Donna Harman Professorship for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Sterle, who will be taking over Kenealy’s advising and curriculum duties, plans to continue to enhance the teaching program that put Iowa State at the top of the list for students, employers and industry representatives.

Sterle teaches introductory animal science classes and this fall will be introducing a new course she developed. The course, The Art and Heritage of Livestock, reviews the role of animals in the development of culture throughout the world.