Morningside agriculture instructor receives NACTA award
Sioux City, IA –Thomas Paulsen, associate professor and Department Head of the Morningside College Regina Roth Applied Agricultural and Food Studies Department, received the Jack Everly Journal Award by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) organization for the outstanding journal article published in 2019.
The award was presented at the NACTA 2020 Virtual Annual Conference. The article, titled “Conceptualizing the Integration of Team-Based Learning into A Capstone Farm Management Course: Advice from Larry Michaelson,” was co-authored by OP McCubbins of Texas A & M and Ryan Anderson of Texas State University. The article shared advice gleaned from an interview with an internationally recognized expert in Team Based Learning (TBL) and presented an updated model for effectively integrating TBL into an experiential learning-based capstone farm management course.
The Jack Everly Award was established by the NACTA Executive Committee in recognition of Jack’s outstanding contributions to the NACTA Journal. Everly taught at the University of Illinois. In 1971, he received the E. B. Knight Journal Award and received the NACTA Distinguished Educator Award in 1984. Jack served 25 years as the associate editor (1971-74) and editor (1974-96) of the NACTA Journal.
Thomas Paulsen earned his B.S. in Agricultural Education from Northwest Missouri State, an M.S. in Agricultural Education from Iowa State University, and Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from Iowa State University. Paulsen served as an endowed professor of the capstone student-managed Ag 450 Farm and coordinator of the Agricultural Teacher Education Program at Iowa State University from 2008 to 2016 prior to joining the faculty at Morningside College.
North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture is a professional society that focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning agriculture and related disciplines at the postsecondary level. Members of NACTA are from two-year and four-year colleges, public and private. Formed in 1955, the mission of NACTA is to provide a forum for discussion of questions and issues relating to the professional advancement of agricultural instruction for all postsecondary teachers of agriculture, seek improvement in the postsecondary teaching of agriculture, and encourage, promote, and reward instructional excellence in agriculture and the research supporting this instruction.
The Morningside College Regina Roth Agricultural and Food Studies program prepares students for careers in agricultural and food studies, agriculture education, agribusiness, environmental policy and law, agronomy, and food safety. Learn more about agriculture studies here.