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The Department of Agricultural Education and Studies has as its focus the teaching and learning processes. All three elements of the land-grant philosophy - learning, discovery, and engagement - are part of the department's emphasis on the educational processes, and how these processes impact our clientele in a variety of agricultural settings.

News & Updates

North Central American Association for Agricultural Education Conference Awards

Recent award winners from the North Central American Association for Agricultural Education conference held in West Virginia include:

Dr. Robert Martin
Outstanding Agricultural Educator for the North Central Region of the American Association for Agricultural Education

Outstanding Research Paper
Tom Paulsen, Ryan Anderson and Taylorann Smith won the Outstanding Research Paper Presentation Award. "Utilizing the Tuning Protocol to Generate Feedback During Lesson Plan Development: The Student Teacher's Perceptions".

Innovative Posters
Second Runner-up is titled “Incorporating Experiential Learning Principles into a Methods of Teaching Agricultural Mechanics Course to Develop Pre-service Agriculture Teachers’ Classroom Management Competencies”
Trent Wells & Dr. Ryan Anderson – Iowa State University

First Runner-up is titled “Introduction to and Exploration of SAE through a Weekend SAE”
Bryan Rank and Dr. Mike Retallick – Iowa State University

Second Runner-up is THE USE OF VIRTUAL WELDING SIMULATORS TO EVALUATE EXPERIENCED WELDERS Preston Byrd, Clemson University Richard T. Stone, Iowa State University Ryan G. Anderson, Iowa State University

First Place Innovative Poster is titled “Public Service Announcements: Spreading Farm Safety Awareness Through the Use of the Mobile Application, Glide”
Laurence Caudle, Dr. Thomas Paulsen, & Dr. Ryan Anderson – Iowa State University

Research Posters
First Runner-up is titled “Gender Influence in Agricultural Education Teachers Competence to Teach Electrical Skills”
Jaclyn F. Tweeten, Dr. A. Preston Byrd, Dr. Ryan G. Anderson, and Dr. Thomas H. Paulsen – Iowa State University

Iowa Association for Career and Technical Education (IACTE) Conference Awards

The Association for Career and Technical Education is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. Agricultural Education is a part of ACTE. Other groups include: Business Education, Health Education, Industrial Technology, and Family and Consumer Sciences Education. The IACTE Conference was held at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, Iowa. Faculty from AGEDS receiving awards are Tom Paulsen (Post secondary Teacher of the Year) and Ryan Anderson (Career Guidance Award).

Dr. Tom Paulsen

Dr. Ryan Anderson

Agricultural Communications Lecturer Joins Department

Virginia Hanson, originally from upstate New York comes from an extended family of dairy farmers and participated in 4-H in her hometown of Walton, New York. She interned at Cornell Cooperative Extension as a college undergraduate.  Her agricultural work in the Midwest has included serving as President of the Board of Directors of Wisconsin’s Just Local Food cooperative, which aims to connect people with local farmers and growers.

Hanson will teach Agricultural Communications courses, advise undergraduate students, and serve as an Advisor to Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.  She holds a B. A. in English from the University of New Hampshire (1991) and an M. A. in English from Portland State University (1993).  She has taught secondary English courses in public and private schools, most recently at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota (2007-2009), and various undergraduate English courses, most recently at Globe University-Eau Claire (2013-2014) in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

Virginia M. Hanson
206C Curtiss Hall


NACTA 2014 Participants

NACTA Conference

Several faculty and graduate students from Iowa State University attended the annual meeting of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. The conference was held June 25-28, 2014 on the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman.

Outstanding Mentoring Award

Dr. Robert Martin, Professor of Agricultural Education and Curriculum and Instruction was nominated for and received the 2014 Exemplary Faculty Mentor Award for Outstanding Mentoring provided to junior faculty colleagues.  Dr. Martin received the award for going above and beyond the expectations for a faculty mentor by Provost Jonathan Wickert and Associate Provost Dawn Bratsch-Prince at a special ceremony held on May 7, 2014.  This award program was the inaugural event at ISU in support and recognition of outstanding mentoring.


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