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Dr. Thomas Paulsen

Dr. Thomas Paulsen (IA '01)

Assistant Professor, Teacher Educator

Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Carroll, IA

At the time of the Award, Dr. Thomas Paulsen was:

Carroll High School
Carroll, IA

Subject(s) taught: Agricultural or Natural Resources
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

Dr. Thomas H. Paulsen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies at Iowa State University, coordinates the Agriculture and Life Sciences Teacher Education program for the college where he works closely with student teachers, cooperating teachers, and members of the School of Education. Additionally, he serves as the Professor-in-Charge of the AGEDS 450 course and the Ag 450 Farm. AGEDS 450 is the senior-level capstone course for the Agricultural Studies major where over 120 students enroll annually applying management and production skills learned throughout their academic program to manage and direct the operation of a typical Midwest diversified grain and livestock farm. Under Dr. Paulsen’s direction, the Ag 450 Farm has become solvent while at the same time demonstrating increased efficiency through the addition of state of the art machinery and equipment. Increasing enrollment in the course has required a creative approach. Experiential learning theory and a Team Based Learning (TBL) approach to instruction has been implemented to increase learning efficiency and maximize student engagement in the on-campus component of the course. Laboratory sessions have been designed to build upon lecture content which prepares students to make management decisions for the working Ag 450 Farm. Dr. Paulsen has extensive experience in school-based agricultural education. He has served as an agricultural education teacher and FFA Advisor at Lynnville-Sully High School (Iowa) from 1987-1992 and Carroll High School (Iowa) from 1992-2008. Paulsen was recognized as the Iowa Teacher of the Year in 2000 and was a Milken National Education Award winner in 2001. He received the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Graduate Student Teaching Award, The Iowa Association of Career and Technical Education Career Guidance (2013) and Postsecondary Teacher of the Year (2014) awards. Dr. Paulsen’s research focuses upon best practices in teaching and learning in teacher education and collegiate agriculture capstone experiences. Courses Currently Taught include: AGEDS 310 - Foundations of Agricultural Education Programs AGEDS 417 - Supervised Teaching in Agricultural Education Programs AGEDS 450 - Farm Management and Operation AGEDS 520 - Instructional Methods for Adult and Higher Education in Agriculture Refereed Journal Articles include: Perry, D. K.*, Paulsen, T. H., & Retallick, M. S. (In Press). The impact of a capstone farm management course on critical thinking abilities. Journal of Agricultural Education. Paulsen, T. H., Anderson, R. G., & Tweeten, J. F.* (In Press). Concerns expressed by agricultural education preservice teachers in a twitter-based electronic community of practice. Journal of Agricultural Education. Smalley, S.W., Retallick, M.S., & Paulsen, T. H. (2015). Relevance of student teaching skills and activities from the perspective of the student teacher. Journal of Agricultural Education. 56(1), 73-91. doi: 10.5032/jae.2015.01073 Byrd, A. P., Anderson, R. G., Paulsen, T. H., & Schultz, M. J. (2015). Does the number of post-secondary agricultural mechanics courses completed affect teacher competence? Journal of Agricultural Education. 56(1), 20-31. doi: 10.5032/jae.2015.01020 Byrd, A. P., Anderson, R. G., & Paulsen, T. H. (2015). Does agricultural mechanics laboratory size affect agricultural education teachers' job satisfaction? Journal of Agricultural Education. 56(1), 6-19. doi: 10.5032/jae.2015.01006 Perry, D. K.*, Retallick, M. S., & Paulsen, T. H. (2014). A critical thinking benchmark for a department of agricultural education and studies. Journal of Agricultural Education, 55(5), 207-221. doi: 10.5032/jae.2014.05207 Paulsen, T. H., Han, G., Humke, S. J., Ohde, N. R. (2014). Teacher self-efficacy as a result of an agriculture-based renewable energy professional development workshop. Journal of Agriculture Systems, Technology, and Management, 55(2), 44-60. Paulsen, T. H. & Martin, R. A. (2014). Supervision of Agricultural Educators in Secondary Schools: What Do Teachers Want From Their Principals? Journal of Agricultural Education, 55(2), 136-153. doi: 10.5032/jae.2014.02136 Shultz, M. J., Anderson, R. G., Shultz, A. M., & Paulsen, T. H. (2014). Importance and Capability of Teaching Agricultural Mechanics as Perceived by Secondary Agricultural Educators. Journal of Agricultural Education, 55(2), 48-65. doi: 10.5032/jae.2014.02048 Wells, T., Perry, D. K.*, Anderson, R. G., Shultz, M. J., & Paulsen, T. H. (2013). Does prior experience in secondary agricultural mechanics affect pre-service agricultural education teachers’ intentions to enroll in post-secondary agricultural mechanics coursework? Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(4), 222-237. doi:10.5032/jae.2013.04222. Paulsen, T. H. & Martin, R. A. (2013). Instructional supervision of agricultural education teachers: Perceptions regarding selected beliefs. Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(2), 99-113. doi:10.5032/jae.2013.02099

Additional Information


1987 Northwest Missouri State University, B.S. Agricultural Education

2011 Iowa State University, Ph.D. Agricultural Education

Agricultural Education, Career & Technical Education, Critical Thinking in Higher Educational Settings, Teacher Education and Training