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Meet Our Professors: Dean Winward, Agriculture


Dean Winward has been at SUU for 27 years teaching students what makes the world go around: agriculture. Growing up in northern Utah with farms all around him, Dean enjoyed the outdoors and the hands-on nature of agriculture, giving him the knowledge and passion to be teaching students about the field and how necessary it is to us.


Title:
Associate Professor of Agriculture

Department:
Agriculture & Nutrition Science

How long have you been working at SUU?
27 years

Where did you grow up?
Roy, Utah

Where did you attend college and what did you study?
-Associate’s in Agriculture at Ricks College
-Bachelor’s in Soil Science at Utah State University
-Master’s in Soil Science at Utah State University

Where did you work before coming to SUU/do you work somewhere else in this field?
I taught for nine years at Fort Lewis College in Durango Colorado; I worked as a research technician at Utah Power & Light Research Farms and also at Colorado State University Hesperus Research Station; I’ve also worked as a range technician for the Dixie National Forest.

When and how did you decide what you wanted your career to be?
I’ve always enjoyed agriculture and wanted to be in a situation where I was always learning and sharing my knowledge. This career is perfect for doing that.

Favorite thing to teach about your subject?
I enjoy all my classes. Probably one of the aspects I really enjoy is the applied and hand-on aspect of agriculture. We not only teach the principles but get to involve students in the real life experiences as well.

Why do you love your field?
It’s outdoors, rewarding, necessary, productive, challenging and enjoyable.

What has been your proudest moment working at SUU?
It’s probably seeing my students who have gone on to be successful in their fields, being assets to their communities, being responsible citizens and also good family members.

What do you love about SUU?
It sits in a beautiful location, the community is great, I have wonderful colleagues, and the students are the best.