Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Ups and Downs of Textbook Publishing Subject of A&M-Kingsville Annual Faculty Lecture March 31

KINGSVILLE - March 16, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

Soil science professor Dr. Duane Gardiner presents at Peacock Auditorium, free to public

What kind of book is read by millions and shapes the opinions of future professionals, scientists and executives the world over? Most forget to say a textbook, the main conveyance of information for everyone in primary and secondary schools, and institutions of higher learning.

This year’s Texas A&M University-Kingsville Faculty Lecture, Heart and Soil, offers a look behind the scenes of textbook publishing with Dr. Duane Gardiner, textbook author, professor of soil science and interim associate vice president for academic affairs. He will give this free public presentation at the J. Talmer Peacock Auditorium in the Biology-Earth Sciences Building Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m.

Among his literary accomplishments, Gardiner is the co-author of the college textbook Soils in Our Environment, now in its eleventh edition, in addition to 27 scholarly journal articles.

From 1992 to 1997, Gardiner served as editor-in-chief of the Texas Journal of Agriculture and Natural Resources and was associate editor of the Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education from 1993 to 1999. He served two terms on the Board of Directors of the International Arid Lands Consortium.

Gardiner has taught at Texas A&M-Kingsville since 1989. He served as chair of the Department of Agronomy and Resource Sciences from 1997 to 2004. From 2003 to 2008 he served as chair of the Council for Assessment and Planning.  In 2004, he became director of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan.

He has received a number of awards during his service at A&M-Kingsville. They include the Faculty Award of Excellence and the Senior Teaching Award from the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences. In addition, Gardiner received the Javelina Alumni Association’s Distinguished Researcher Award in 1999. 

Gardiner received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Utah State University and his Ph.D. from Oregon State University. He and his wife, Trudy, have four grown children and five grandchildren.


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