Joseph R. Novak

Senior Lecturer, Department of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-2133

Phone: 979-845-3915 FAX:979-845-0627


Joe Novak received his B.S. summa cum laude with special honors in Botany from Ohio University in 1965. He received his Ph.D. in Vegetable Crops with minors in Plant Pathology and International Agriculture from Cornell University in 1971. Dr. Novak became a member of the faculty of Texas A&M University in 1979.

Dr. Novak can serve on Graduate Advising Committees by Special Appointment.

Dr. Novak's area of research is sociohorticulture with special emphasis on the garden and the interaction of plants and man. Currently, he is putting emphasis on development of an Inner-City Master Gardeners' organization in Houston. This Master Gardeners' group has as its objective the use of garden projects to improve the quality of life in inner-city neighborhoods. These Master Gardener interns will assist Novak in collecting data in his research program on the benefits of gardens in rejuvenation of dysfunctional neighborhoods. This work is being conducted jointly with the Houston Urban Gardening Program.

"Realization that one is a participant in the global community is an essential part of a student's education. Community service, the willingness to help others by sharing the knowledge that we have learned, is vital to the success of our public and private institutions. Education is not complete unless that education is shared with those less fortunate to help improve their lives. Students in all of my classes gain an understanding of the practicality of their education and are given opportunities to participate in projects that allow them to use their knowledge of horticulture for the betterment of our communities."


"Survey of Direct Marketing in Texas." 1988. J.R. Novak. Texas Horticulturist 15(15):1-2.

"Chinese Cabbage: New Salad Vegetable for Direct Marketing." 1988. J.R. Novak. Texas Horticulturist. 15(6): 10-11.

"Feasibility Study of a Horticultural Retail Wholesale Cooperative Association." 1986. J.R. Novak, Q. Spurlin, L. Miller and D. Joy. Texas Department of Agriculture.

"Farming Systems Research Applies to Direct Market Vegetable Production in Texas." 1984. S.L. Steinberg, J.R. Novak, M.L. Vamosy and B.D. McGraw. HortScience 21:487-490.