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  • 25 Jul 2018 11:16 AM | Courtney Meyers (Administrator)
    Ms. Samantha Blackwell’s role is changing from graduate teaching associate to non-tenure-track Instructor of Agricultural Communications. Samantha holds a BS degree in general agriculture from Missouri State University and an MS in agricultural communications from Oklahoma State University. Prior to returning to Stillwater two years ago, Samantha was an Instructor of Agricultural Communications at Missouri State University. Ms. Blackwell will teach undergraduate courses in agricultural communications while continuing work toward a PhD in our department.

    Mr. Nathan Smith is joining us as a non-tenure-track Instructor of Agricultural Education and Agricultural Systems Technology. Mr. Smith comes to us after teaching agriculture in three Oklahoma schools: Morrison, Spiro, and Jenks. He earned a BS degree in AGED from Oklahoma State University and a MA degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University. Nathan will teach AST (formerly MCAG) courses and will fill a variety of roles with our AGED teacher certification program.

  • 09 May 2017 10:57 AM | Rebecca Lawver (Administrator)

    Congratulations Dr. Wayne Atchley and Dr. David Frazier.  Both earned tenure and were promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences at Tarleton State University.  Dr. Atchley in the lead faculty member of the university Agricultural Communication program and Dr. Frazier is the lead faculty member of the Agricultural Education program.

  • 03 Mar 2017 6:30 PM | Rebecca Lawver (Administrator)

    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.   


  • 01 Feb 2017 12:18 PM | Rebecca Lawver (Administrator)

    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. 

  • 01 Feb 2017 12:12 PM | Rebecca Lawver (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Dr. Rama Radhakrishna for receiving the Pennsylvania State University Graduate Faculty Teaching Award. 


  • 29 Aug 2016 10:46 AM | Rebecca Lawver (Administrator)

     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.

  • 05 Aug 2016 2:30 PM | Rebecca Lawver (Administrator)

    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.

    See full article here

  • 13 Jul 2016 3:55 PM | Rebecca Lawver (Administrator)

    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! 

  • 26 May 2016 12:46 PM | Emily Buck

    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.

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