Dr. Thomas Goerke, associate professor of animal and food science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, was presented with the 1981 Distinguished Teacher Award.
Goerke joined the staff of UW-River Falls in 1975. His teaching assignments in the department of animal and food science have included physiology of reproduction, beef cattle production, advanced livestock management, animal physiology, endocrinology and sheep production.
In addition to teaching, Goerke has served as adviser to the Block and Bridle Club, has coached the wool judging team, and has participated in a number of UW Extension activities. He also has conducted continuing research on the influence of maternal genotype on Wisconsin beef production.
Goerke also was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by students of the College of Agriculture twice in the past three years.