A national organization is honoring a Mississippi State University associate professor for outstanding contributions to teaching. Kirk A. Swortzel received a North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Fellow Award at the organization's 2007 annual meeting.

Swortzel is a faculty member in MSU's School of Human Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He serves as undergraduate coordinator for the agricultural information science and agricultural science degree programs.

NACTA is a professional society that focuses on promoting, recognizing and rewarding excellence in teaching agriculture and related areas at the post-secondary level.