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Congratulations to Dr. Jeremy Falk for receiving the University of Idaho Mid-Career Faculty Award. This well-deserved recognition is based on Dr. Falk’s quality classroom teaching, scholarly research with both undergraduate and graduate students, and his outreach/service to the department, college, university, and agricultural education profession.
Congratulations to Nicole Stedman, Becki Lawver, John Ewing and Emily Buck for their recognition at the APLU Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in College and University Awards Program. They were awarded the following:
Regional Teaching Award
Emily Buck, associate professor of agricultural communications, Ohio State University
John Ewing, associate professor of agricultural education, Pennsylvania State University
Nicole Stedman, associate professor of leadership, University of Florida
National New Teacher Award
Becki Lawver, associate professor of agricultural education, Utah State University
Congratulations to these innovative experts in the areas of leadership, communication, and teaching and learning as evidenced by their strong showing at APLU.
Congratulations to Dr. Rama Radhakrishna for receiving the Pennsylvania State University Graduate Faculty Teaching Award.
Sioux City, Iowa - Dr. Thomas H. Paulsen, former Assistant Professor and Professor in-charge of the capstone student managed Ag 450 Farm and Coordinator of the Agricultural Teacher Education Program at Iowa State University, has assumed the position of Associate Professor and Department Chair of Applied Agricultural & Food Studies at Morningside College.
Paulsen's appointment took place on July 1, 2016. He succeeds Dr. Anthony Kern, who served as interim Chair for two years, and will continue his role as Associate Professor and Department Chair of Biology and Chemistry at Morningside College.
Dr. Paulsen received a B.S. in Agricultural Education, Northwest Missouri State, 1987; M.S. in Agricultural Education, Iowa State University, 2001; and Ph.D. in Agricultural Education, Iowa State University, 2011.
Paulsen has also been recognized as the Iowa Teacher of the Year in 2000 and was a Milken National Education Award winner in 2001. He also received the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Graduate Student Teaching Award in 2011 and has also been recognized by the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with the Early Achievement in Teaching Award. In 2016, Dr. Paulsen received a National Educator Award at the Annual Conference of North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.
"I believe Morningside College is well positioned to become an educational leader in the training of agriculturalists at the state, regional, national and international levels", Paulsen said. "I am excited to work with faculty to provide for students a well-rounded, liberal arts education that integrates real-world experiences and quality coursework in agriculture that will provide program graduates with a broad view of the world in which they will live and work".
Paulsen's wife Michelle will be teaching Special Education at Akron-Westfield Community School District. They have a daughter Marissa who works in the Sports Marketing field in Washington D.C. and two sons who attend Morningside College. Drew studies Music Education and Alex is in Philosophy and Religious Studies.
Steve Fraze, chairman of the Texas Tech University Department of Agricultural Education and Communications has been named the interim dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
“I am pleased that Dr. Fraze will take over a position that is critical to the Texas Tech University System,” Schovanec said. “The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will be a key contributor to the system’s plan to develop a College of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo, and graduates of the college are leading the way in both academia and the agriculture industry around the world.
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Mike Retallick, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies at Iowa State University, has been named department chair effective July 1. Dr. Retallick joined Iowa State in 2001 and currently serves as a professor in the department.
Dr. Retallick earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural education at the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, his master's degree in agribusiness from Kansas State University, and his doctorate in agricultural education from Iowa State.
Last year, Retallick was one of six educators to receive the National Association of Agricultural Educators Teacher Mentor Award. He also received the Iowa FFA Association’s 2015 Distinguished Service Award and was named the AgOnline 2014 Teacher of the Year by ISU’s Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction and Technology Transfer.
Congratulations, Dr. Retallick!
Tracy Kitchel, Ph.D. will join CFAES as the Chair of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, Dr. Kitchel’s appointment is effective Aug. 1, 2016.
Kitchel recently served as assistant vice provost for graduate and postdoctoral affairs for the Office of Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri where he directed the campus fellowship selection process, coordinated events and graduate assistant teaching orientation, and advocated for graduate students on various committees. He also was an associate professor for the Department of Agricultural Education and Leadership in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. He was a faculty member for the Center for the Collaboration and Development of Educational Innovations and the Center for Human Dimensions in Natural Resources.
The Gold Chalk Award for excellence in graduate teaching from the University of Missouri Graduate Professional Council, the Superior Graduate Faculty Award from the University of Missouri Graduate Student Association, and the Great Plains IDEA (Interactive Distance Education Alliance) Faculty Excellence Award are among many of Dr. Kitchel’s awards and honors. Dr. Kitchel received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University and his doctoral degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Missouri.
Dr. Brian Myers has been appointed Chair of the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Myers replaces Dr. Ed Osborne, who will return to the faculty after serving as chair since January 1997.
Dr. Myers has been an agricultural education faculty member at the University of Florida since 2004 and has served as Associate Chair of the Department for the last seven years. He also recently held the position of Interim Associate Dean for Extension and
Program Leader, 4-H Youth Development for 15 months. Dr. Myers began his career as an agriculture teacher at Unity High School in Mendon, Illinois. He earned the B.S. degree (General Agriculture) and M.S. degree (Agricultural Education and Mechanization) from Southern Illinois University and the Ph.D. degree (Agricultural Education and Communication) from the University of Florida. The press release announcing Dr. Myers’ appointment can be found at http://news.ifas.ufl.edu/2016/05/myers-named-chair-of-ufifas-department-of-agricultural-education-and-communication/.
Congratulations Dr. Myers!
Dr. Robert Agunga was recognized as a Distinguished Undergraduate Research mentor (DURM) by the Undergraduate Research Office. He is a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education and Leadership.
This award, founded in 2007, is to recognize the clinical and research faculty, lecturers, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate students who also contribute extraordinary guidance to the undergraduate students who work with them.
To win this award, mentors must be nominated by undergraduates participating in the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, and must demonstrate excellence in teaching and mentorship. A student committee reviews the nominations and selects winners each year.
Dr. Mark Brennan receives the Gamma Sigma Delta award for Outstanding Teaching.
Dr. Mark Brennan
Mark Brennan, Ph.D. is the UNESCO Chair for Community, Leadership, and Youth Development and Professor of Leadership and Community Development. He is one of only 19 UNESCO Chairs in the United States, the only one at a land grant institution and in College of Agriculture. This allows for unprecedented opportunities for the College to be globally at the forefront applied teaching and research. Dr. Brennan’s work focuses on the role of community and leadership development in global youth, community, and rural development.
Since 2009, he has taught 32 courses (24 undergraduate and 8 graduate). All courses have received exceptional student and peer evaluations, which place him in the elite of teaching faculty in his College and Department averages.
Dr. Brennan is very active in student mentorship. At the graduate level, he has served on 73 graduate student committees (Chairing 32 - 16 PhD and 16 MS). He currently advises over 30, Agricultural Sciences, AEE Leadership option, and the Leadership Development minor undergraduates. His work has resulted in over 120 publications in leading peer-reviewed journals, books, and outreach publications.