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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

The following award was announced at the national AAAE Meeting in Kansas City on Friday, May 20 2016:

First Runner-Up, Journal Article of the Year for Volume 56 of The Journal of Agricultural Education

The article is:  “Cooperating Teachers’ Perspectives of Student Teaching Skills and Activities” by Scott W. Smalley, Michael S. Retallick and Thomas H. Paulsen



Agriculture and Life Sciences Education graduates participate in Cording Ceremony

Thirteen Agricultural and Life Sciences Education graduates participated in the Iowa State University Teacher Cording Ceremony on Friday, May 6, 2016 at CY Stephens Auditorium. The ceremony recognized and celebrated the completion of the teacher preparation academic program and candidates’ induction into the teaching profession. 2016 graduates included (Left to Right): Cassie Galm, Breanna Branderhorst, Elizabeth Sample, Samantha Green, Tara Powers, Stephanie Bass, Alex Rodgers, Ashley Mattke, Melissa Bisbee, Lee Thomsen, Josie McQuillen, Makayla Johnston, and Heidi Hain. The AGEDS Department wishes these graduates all the best in their future endeavors. 

McCubbins receives Research Excellence Award

Mr. Andrew ‘OP’ McCubbins was awarded the Graduate Student Research Excellence Award by the Graduate College and was recognized as part of the Spring 2016 Graduate College Commencement ceremony held May 5th, 2016. The purpose of this award is to recognize graduate students for outstanding research accomplishment. As part of the award recognition, McCubbins received a letter of commendation from ISU President Steven Leath, a certificate of achievement signed by ISU Graduate Dean David Holger and President Leath, and an honor cord worn at commencement. McCubbins was also a recipient of the Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award in the summer of 2015. McCubbins has accepted a Teacher Education position at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN and will begin later this summer. The AGEDS Department congratulates Mr. OP McCubbins on his outstanding achievement in research. 


Congratulations and Best Wishes to Dr. Sorrel Brown and Dr. Tom Paulsen

Faculty, staff and students gathered on April 27th to honor Dr. Sorrel Brown in her retirement and Dr. Tom Paulsen as he departs for a new role as a Department Chair at Morningside College.  Congratulations!  We will miss you both.  









AGEDS Faculty, Graduate Students and Alumni featured in recent article


ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Faculty and Staff Awards Announced on February 3rd, 2016

AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences announced its faculty and staff award winners. The award recipients include:

The Early Achievement in Teaching Award was awarded to Tom Paulsen, an assistant professor in agricultural education and studies. For the past seven years Paulsen has mentored more than 130 students who went on to become high school agriculture teachers. He is described as a teacher of teachers and taught high school agriculture education classes for 21 years before coming to Iowa State. He also provides oversight for the Iowa State Ag 450 Farm, which is the only student-managed farm at a land grant university in the nation.

The Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award was awarded to Robert Martin, an agricultural education and studies professor, who has served his students, staff and fellow faculty members as an educator, adviser and mentor since 1983. His classes inspire students to practice and demonstrate concepts through experiential learning. During his 30 years at Iowa State he has served as department chair, received numerous teaching awards and served on several university, state and national educational committees. He also has been recognized both internationally and nationally as a teacher and scholar in agricultural education.

Agricultural Studies BS Hybrid Online/Campus degree

The Agricultural Education & Studies Department and Western Iowa Technical Community College have formed a partnership to offer the first Hybrid Online/Campus (2-1-1) degree. Students will complete two years of course work at Western Iowa Technical Community College, one year of online courses from Iowa State University, and one year of on-campus courses to complete the Agricultural Studies Bachelor of Science degree. Contact Ben Chamberlain for additional information bchamber@iastate.edu or 515-294-4655.

Last updated April 26, 2016