Faculty & Staff

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Ed Brokaw, Ph.D.

Department Chair and Professor of Animal Science
B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1971
Ph.D., Oregon State University, 1975

Phone: 325.674.2401
Email: brokawe@acu.edu

Harmony--Learner--Adaptability--Responsibility--Consistency

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • Animal Reproduction
  • Livestock Production
  • Live Animal Evaluation

Publications:

  • Predicting Beef Cattle Performance with Serum T4. 1975, Journal of Animal Science, 41:246 (Abstr.)
  • "Using a Visiting Committee for Departmental Evaluation." NACTA Journal.  XXXIV, 3(1990):19
  • AG Alumni Distribution: Implications for Leadership Development. NACTA Journal.  XXXV,3(1991):21
  • Student Interests/Personality Type Assessment of Agriculture Majors at a Private, Liberal Arts University and Its Implications for Program Enhancement for Leadership Development. NACTA Journal.  XXXV,3(1991):21.
  • Review--Instructional Media, Content Panel Member for Computer Applications in Poultry Management.  NACTA Journal.  XXXV,2(1991):58.
  • “Enhancing the Curricula Through Experiential Learning of Faculty Members.”  NACTA Journal.  44,3(2000):5.
  • The Challenges of Retaining Students in Animal Sciences, NACTA Journal Vol. 52, No. 2, 2008, 83.
  • On an Animal Science Curriculum Change for Student Retention, NACTA Journal Vol. 52, No. 2, 2008, 83. 

Professional/Conference Presentations:

  • Brokaw,  B. E. 2006. Student Perceptions of the Mental Abilities of Domestic Animals. Presentation at the 52nd Annual NACTA Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Jun 18-20

Professional memberships:

  • Agriculture Consortium of Texas, Executive Board, Secretary
  • American Society of Animal Science
  • Council for Agriculture, Science, and Technology
  • National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, Past Director
  • Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society of America
  • Beta Beta Beta - National Biological Society
  • National Block and Bridle, Past V-P and President  

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Jim Cooke, Ph.D.

Professor of Environmental Science
B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1972
M.S., North Texas State University, 1978
Ph.D., University of North Texas, 1994

Phone: 325.674.2401
Email: cookej@acu.edu

Connectedness--Learner--Maximizer--Belief--Self-Assurance

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Initiate an assessment of ACU’s Carbon Footprint using Clean Air- Cool Planet Campus Climate Action Toolkit.
  • Trip to California to collect qualitative data for Place Paper Research (Faculty Scholarship Award, Spring Semester 2009), October 9-14, 2008. 

Publications:

  • Energy Emissions Inventory, Web published (acu.edu/green) May 2008.

Professional memberships:

  • Member of the Ross Creek Trail Riders Association
  • Consultant w/ Doug Smith (ACU Board Member) concerning developing green initiatives on the Smith Ranch in View, TX. (pro bono). November 21, 2008
  • Volunteer using technological talents to those in need (pro bono).
  • Sierra Club Member
  • Wilderness Society Member

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Emmett Miller 

Assistant Professor of Range and Environmental Science
B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1970
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 1980

Phone: 325.674.2401
Email: millere@acu.edu

Harmony--Responsibility--Belief--Adaptability--Connectedness

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Native plant communities
  • Wildlife and Range Ecology
  • Prescribed Burning
  • Air Quality Following Controlled Burns

Professional memberships:

  • Society For Range Management
  • Soil and Water Conservation Society
  • Native Prairies Association of Texas
  • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture

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Michael Nicodemus, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
B.A., Ohio State University, 1999
M.S., Ohio State University, 2003
Ph.D., Purdue University, 2007

Phone: 325.674.2401
Email: man08a@acu.edu

Adaptability--Input--Restorative--Learner--Intellection

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Tree Seedling Physiology
  • Forest Carbon Sequestration
  • Planting Media
  • Drip Irrigation in Crops
  • Strengths-Based Education

Publications:

  • Nicodemus, M.A., K.F. Salifu, and D.F. Jacobs 2009. Influence of lanthanum level and interactions with nitrogen source on early development of Juglans nigra. Journal of Rare Earths. 27:270-279.
  • Nicodemus, M.A., K.F. Salifu, and D.F. Jacobs 2008. Nitrate reductase activity and nitrogen compounds in xylem exudate of Juglans nigra in relation to varying N source and rate. Trees – Structure and Function. 22:685-695.
  • Nicodemus, M.A., K.F. Salifu, and D.F. Jacobs 2008. Growth, nutrition, and photosynthetic response of Juglans nigra to varying nitrogen source and rate. Journal of Plant Nutrition. 31:1917-1936.
  • Salifu, K.F., M.A. Nicodemus, D.F. Jacobs, and A.S. Davis 2006. Evaluating chemical indices of growing media for nursery production of Quercus rubra seedlings. HortScience. 41:1342-1346.

 Professional memberships:

  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • Soil Science Society of America
  • National Academic Advising Association
  • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture

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Mandy Scudder

Administrative Coordinator and Degree Plan Specialist
B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1998 

Phone: 325.674.2401
Email: scudderm@acu.edu

Responsibility--Maximizer--Empathy--Belief--Adaptability

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