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William A. McIntosh

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Texas A&M University
Location: Bryan, Texas, United States

William A. McIntosh, professor emeritus at Texas A&M University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of nutrition education.

With nearly five decades of experience to his credit, Dr. McIntosh has cultivated a fulfilling career in the field of education. Specializing in sociology, nutrition and food academia, he previously served as a professor at Texas A&M University from 1989 to 2021. He originally joined the esteemed institution in 1975 as an instructor in the college’s department of sociology and anthropology. Prior to becoming a full-time professor, he was an assistant professor from 1975 to 1980 and an associate professor from 1980 to 1989. Now retired from teaching, Dr. McIntosh remains active in various research endeavors at the school, and he maintains the honorary title of professor emeritus.

As part of his ongoing commitment to his profession, Dr. McIntosh remains affiliated with several industry-related organizations. Chief among these is the Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society, where he served as his local chapter’s president in 1973. Additionally, he is a member of Gamma Sigma Delta and Phi Kappa Phi. Adjacent to his primary professional interests, Dr. McIntosh is also known for founding a new association of sociologists, nutritionists and food scientists in his community. The organization now stands at over 35 years old, and its annual conference regularly hosts at least 3,000 individuals.

In his creative endeavors, Dr. McIntosh has notably co-authored several scholarly papers, including his 2010 piece, “The Effects of Moral Obligations to Others and Others’ Influence on Veterinarians’ Attitudes toward and Recommendations to Utilize Antibiotics in Feedlot Cattle,” and his 2008 piece, “Perceived Parenting Behaviours Predict Young Adolescents’ Nutritional Intake and Body Fatness.” As part of his vocational journey, he also pursued his own formal education, originally earning a Bachelor of Science in political science at the University of California, Berkeley in 1966. Dr. McIntosh ultimately attended Iowa State University and achieved a Master of Science in sociology in 1972 and a PhD in sociology in 1975.

To commemorate his accomplishments, Dr. McIntosh has been honored with several accolades over the course of his career. To wit, he and his research colleagues were recognized with a Superior Service Award from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in 2014. Dr. McIntosh also received an Association of Former Students University-Level Teaching Award in 1993 and a George Freeman Memorial Award in 1973. Accounting for his achievements, he is particularly proud to have excelled as one of three sociologists in the United States who pioneered teaching food and nutrition in relation to the field of sociology. In the coming years, Dr. McIntosh hopes to write another book pertaining to food and nutrition.

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