Akingbemi one of 19 recipients of 2018 Auburn Faculty Awards

Benson Akingbemi
Benson Akingbemi

Benson Akingbemi, professor of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is one of 19 Auburn University faculty who will receive the university’s highest honors at the Faculty Awards ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 13, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

The faculty, in recognition of life-changing research, outreach, instruction and creative scholarship, will be honored as some of the institution’s most innovative teachers, researchers and scholars for their unique and distinguished contributions to advancing the university’s mission to inspire, innovate and transform in the community and beyond.

“Auburn faculty inspire students and their colleagues, and their innovative approaches to teaching, scholarship and research are transforming lives and communities,” said Auburn President Steven Leath. “They’re elevating Auburn through excellence at the core of our mission.”

Akingbemi, who has taught at Auburn for 14 years, has been named one of five 2018 Alumni Professors, which recognizes tenured faculty members with direct responsibilities in two or more of the institutional missions of instruction, research and outreach.

Other faculty selected to receive a professorship must have demonstrated exceptionally meritorious performance, distinctive competence and potential for continued high productivity and excellence are Dennis DeVries, professor of fisheries, aquaculture and aquatic sciences in the College of Agriculture; Peter Hastie, the Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professor in the School of Kinesiology in the College of Education; Yaoqi Zhang, professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences; and John Rapp, professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts.

Akingbemi teaching veterinary anatomy to students.
Akingbemi teaching veterinary anatomy to students.

Akingbemi joined the College of Veterinary Medicine in August, 2004. He received his initial education in Nigeria where he received the DVM, MS, and PhD degrees from the University of Ibadan. With a Research Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health, Akingbemi came to the United States in 1997 for postdoctoral training.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities as part of the team providing instruction in veterinary anatomy I and II to first-year veterinary students, he also takes part in the teaching of reproductive endocrinology, molecular endocrinology and toxicology, advanced reproductive biology, and receptorology to graduate students.

His research interests includes male reproductive biology and toxicology.

Read more about Auburn’s faculty awards and how the university is on the move as a national leader in scholarship, student experience, outreach, research and economic development at the Faculty Awards website.