July 20, 2017

Dr. William Flowers named Distinguished Teacher

Dr. William L. Flowers is the 2017 recipient of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Distinguished Teacher Award, presented to him during the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting, held July 8-12 in Baltimore, Md.

Dr. Flowers has excelled in teaching during the past 30 years. He has taught over 5,000 students and consistently ranks in the top 1% of all teachers at North Carolina State University. Dr. Flowers has mentored 246 undergraduate students in teaching/research projects, 82 of which have completed advanced degrees and now have positions in academia, industry, or government. Each of the top 25 swine producers in the world have his students in key positions.

Dr. Flowers is a co-founder of the first lateral entry program in the U.S. for food animal veterinarians (Food Animal Scholars) and the first distance-education program for swine management professionals (Swine On-Line).

Dr. Flowers has secured over $2 million in support of his teaching programs, including $1 million in industry donations of new technologies for use in his advanced courses. He has 178 peer-reviewed publications of which 64 are directly related to teaching.

Dr. Flowers resides in Apex, N.C. with his wife, Lynn; son, AJ; and a menagerie of animals. 

The ASAS Distinguished Teacher Award recognizes distinguished teachers of undergraduate courses in animal science.

The Distinguished Teacher Award is sponsored by Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC.

ASAS is a professional organization that serves more than 7,000 students, animal scientists, allied industry and producers around the world.

Media contact:

Kim Schoonmaker

ASAS Scientific Communications Associate


Photo: Dr. William Flowers (right) accepts the Distinguished Teacher Award from Dr. James Caldwell, Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC.