Ross Spackman
Ross Spackman
Professor, Water Resource Management 

Office: Evergreen A-35
Phone: 208-732-6405
Ross Spackman

Education Information

Ph.D. candidate University of Idaho in Soil Science, M.S. Utah State University, Soil Science, B.S. Utah State University, Agricultural Education

Background/Personal Information

I have been involved with aquaculture (fish farming), farming, and ranching all my life. Interest in all aspects of agriculture from crop to livestock production drew me into vocational agriculture programs during high school and college. My first 'real' job out of college was with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (formerly the Soil Conservation Service) in Rupert, Idaho. Next I worked for the State of Idaho Division of Environmental Quality in Twin Falls. I did water quality testing, data interpretation, report preparation, and worked with the dairy industry in compliance issues pertaining to state and federal water quality laws. In July of 1994, an instructor's position became available at CSI to start a new program called Water Resource Management. Presently, I teach classes in water management, soil science, animal science and sustainable agriculture.

I am married with four children and live in Burley, ID. I enjoy fishing, hunting, and playing softball.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that students learn best by doing. Interaction among students and peer tutoring are important aspects of my classroom. Students with a particular expertise are encouraged to share what they know through formal class presentations or informal one-on-one exchanges. The teacher is not the absolute center of knowledge and power but rather an information director who teaches students the basic concepts and then lets them expand on that knowledge in a direction most beneficial to them. I believe a person won't fully understand a concept until they are able to teach someone else that concept.

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