University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
 

Careers

Dale Blevins, Professor

photo of Dale Blevins“Faculty members there were very enthusiastic about what they were doing and it was an easy place to learn. I think one of the best things was that everyone was so approachable and easy to talk to. Any question could be answered or any problem could be solved quickly.”

Degrees

  • 1965 - B.S. - Chemistry, Southwest Missouri State College, Springfield
  • 1967 - M.S. - Soils, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • 1972 - Ph.D. - Agronomy/Plant Physiology, University of Kentucky, Lexington
  • 1972-74 - Post-doctorate - Botany Department, Oregon State University, Corvallis

Position

I currently teach a sophomore, lecture/laboratory, course for Plant Sciences majors called Plant Structure and Function at the University of Missouri. I also teach a graduate course in Plant Nutrient Transport and Metabolism, and a new course in our Sustainable Agriculture Program called Plants and Animals for Small Farms, where I am in charge of the Plant portion of the course.

Preparation at UK

My main PhD advisor was A.J. Hiatt, who became Department Chair shortly after my arrival at UK. I worked with Richie Lowe on a daily basis, who was my co-advisor and later spent a lot of time with Everett Leggett. My advisors were excellent, and they were well trained people. Both Jack Hiatt and Richie Lowe had worked with Harold Evans for their Ph.D.’s and were two of the best people that I have ever seen working in a laboratory! It was easy to talk to them about science or anything else. I always felt that I was in a great learning environment while I was at UK.

After my Post-doctorate at Oregon State, I got a job as an Assistant Professor of Botany at the University of Maryland. There I began teaching Plant Physiology, lecture and laboratory! This was my first teaching experience, but my background and training at UK really helped me in learning to teach this course. I taught the course for four semesters during my 3.5 years there, and the student numbers grew from 90 to 200 per semester. With 200 students in the course that meant 11 lab sections and five TA's. What an experience! I also began teaching a graduate course in Plant Nutrition, and of course, my training and experiences with A.J. Hiatt, Richie Lowe and Everett Leggett really helped me. In much of my career I have worked with soybean, and my many discussions with Dennis Egli and Bill Duncan really helped my thinking in this area. Using the analytical laboratory at UK for nutrient analysis was also a great learning experiences that still helps me today.

Best Experiences

I have always thought that my years at UK were an exciting time! Faculty members there were very enthusiastic about what they were doing and it was an easy place to learn. I think one of the best things was that everyone was so approachable and easy to talk to. Any question could be answered or any problem could be solved quickly. Also, at that time the building was pretty new, so the facilities and equipment were great. Another plus, was that a library was just downstairs, so it was convenient to keep up on the literature.

I really value my education and training at UK. It was an absolutely great place to do research and to get a PhD degree! It has served me well, and I would definitely do it all over again!

 

Supplementary Information

Dale's departmental profile, University of Missouri.

Awards
1964, 1965 - NSF Undergraduate Research Award in Chemistry
1966 - George Scarseth Award for Agronomy Graduate Student
1982 - Gamma Sigma Delta Superior Research Award for Junior Faculty in Agriculture UMC
1983 - American Soybean Assoc./ICI International Soybean Researchers Recognition Award
1983 - Gamma Sigma Delta Superior Graduate Teaching Award
1983 - NSF US Japan Scientist Exchange Grant (UC Davis)
1984 - NSF US Japan Scientist Exchange Grant (Ohio State)
1985 - NSF US Spain Scientist Exchange Grant (UC Davis)
1989 - NSF-US-Japan Scientist Exchange Grant (U. IL-Urbana)
1992 - Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy
1992 - Fellow of the Crop Science of America
1992 - Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award, University of Missouri
1993 - W.T. Kemper Teaching Excellence Award, $10,000, University of Missouri
2006 - Outstanding Graduate Advisor, College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, University of Missouri
2006 - Teaching Academy, College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, University of Missouri