Dr. David Frazier, associate professor of agriculture education, will deliver the sixth talk in Tarleton State University’s Last Lecture Series.
The Last Lecture Award is the only Tarleton faculty honor bestowed entirely by students. They nominate a professor who has inspired their academic pursuits and outlook on life.
Frazier, who grew up in Melrose, NM, has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Texas Tech. He began his career as an educator as a high school teacher and FFA adviser in Snyder, Texas.
He holds a master’s degree, also from Texas Tech, and earned his doctorate from the University of Missouri.
He has taught at Tarleton since 2012, worked with nearly 300 pre-service agricultural education teachers and served on 163 graduate student committees. He received the O.A. Grant Teaching Award in 2017 and 2018 as well as the NACTA Teaching Award of Merit in 2017.
His commitment to service garnered him the Barry B. Thompson Service Award at the university level in 2015. His dedication to student success earned him the 2019 Faculty Excellence in Student Success Award at the university level. He was appointed to the Texas A&M University System’s 2019 Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators.
Frazier maintains his study abroad program with the Czech Republic and over the past seven summers has accompanied more than 120 Tarleton students to the country to learn about international culture and agriculture.
The Last Lecture Series invites professors to share what they would say if it were their last opportunity to address colleagues and students. The first lecture was in 1955 when six distinguished UCLA professors offered their life philosophy through the lens of discipline, interests and personal experiences.
Since then, the series has become a tradition at many universities, gaining popularity in 2007 when Dr. Randy Pausch delivered a talk, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” at Carnegie Mellon University. Pausch’s lecture — and subsequent book, The Last Lecture — took on added meaning as he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer with only months to live.