ESSM Awards & Merits 2014 2014 Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award WinnerDr. David Briske - Teaching Dr. Briske is a professor and research faculty fellow in the department of ecosystem science and management. During his 36 years in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dr. Briske has established an impressive record of exceptional classroom instruction. According to his colleagues, he is a “natural born educator with an unwavering commitment to academia and strongly believes that the development of human potential is among the greatest pursuits of mankind.” He is known by his students as approachable, dedicated, involved, and encouraging. Professor Briske as taught 100 classes to approximately 5,000 students throughout his career at TAMU’.