Morningside agriculture professor contributes to industry publication and organizations

Tom Paulsen teaching an agriculture class

Sioux City, IA – Tom Paulsen, associate professor of applied agricultural and food studies at Morningside College, recently contributed to the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Journal, American Association for Agricultural Education, and Iowa Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) for All. tom paulsen

Paulsen co-authored an article titled “Conceptualizing the integration of team-based learning into a capstone farm management course: Advice from Larry Michaelsen” in the NACTA Journal. 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. Paulsen also co-authored and published two Teaching Tips for the NACTA Journal and was selected as a member of the NACTA Journal Editorial Review Board for a three-year term after concluding his term as the Central Region Director at the International NACTA Conference in June, where he conducted oral and poster research presentations related to the Morningside Garden and co-published an oral presentation abstract with Dan Witten, assistant professor of applied agriculture and food studies at Morningside.

Paulsen served as a research paper discussant at the American Association for Agricultural Education conference in Des Moines this past spring, where he was responsible for reviewing and publishing a formal review on the conference proceedings for each of the four research papers related to agricultural teacher education. He also presented two posters on the Morningside Garden and research from the Morningside Summer Undergraduate Research Program previously conducted with Summer Beery, an applied agriculture and food studies major from Anthon, Iowa.

Paulsen was also selected to serve as a member of the Iowa SAE for All teacher training and development team. SAE for All is a new national curriculum related to the experiential-learning and career development component of school-based agricultural education. As a part of this responsibility, he provided training for 35 secondary agricultural education teachers in Northwest Iowa and co-facilitated a similar training session for agricultural education teachers in Southwest Iowa in September.

Tom 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.

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 and other program offerings at www.morningside.edu/academics/undergraduate.