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Dr. Thomas Paulsen

Dr. Thomas Paulsen (IA '01)

Associate Professor, Department Head - Applied Ag & Food Studies, Teacher Education Coordinator

Morningside College
Sioux City, IA

Subject(s) taught: Agricultural or Natural Resources, Agricultural Education

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

Current Bio: Dr. Thomas H. Paulsen, Associate Professor and Department Head of the Applied Agricultural and Food Studies program at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Background He received a B.S. in Agricultural Education from Northwest Missouri State, 1987; an M.S. in Agricultural Education from Iowa State University in 2001; and Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from Iowa State University in 2011. Paulsen grew up on a family farm in southwest Iowa near Atlantic, where he was actively involved in 4-H, FFA, football, basketball, and band. He taught and coached at Lynnville-Sully High School from 1987 to 1992 and at Carroll High School from 1992 to 2008 before completing his doctorate at Iowa State University. Awards and Recognition Paulsen has 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. He 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 and the Outstanding Early Career Award by the American Association for Agricultural Education. Research Focus Dr. Paulsen’s research interest falls within the area of effective teaching and learning practices in the discipline of agriculture—especially in higher education capstone and field experiences—with a primary focus on preservice and in-service teacher education. Peer-reviewed, Scholarly Works available at: Google Scholar/Thomas_Paulsen Courses Taught Morningside College  AGED 201 Foundations of Agricultural Education  AGED 202 Experiential Learning & Leadership Development in Ag Ed  AGED 301 Teaching with Agricultural Laboratories  AGED 401 Program Planning in Agricultural Education  AGED 425 Teaching Methods in Secondary Agricultural Education  NSCI 425 Teaching Methods in Secondary Science  AGRI 234 Agricultural Economics  ECON 234 Agricultural Economics  AGRI 271 History of Food and Agriculture  AGRI 320 Agribusiness Management  AGRI 345 Foundations of Agricultural Education  AGRI 341 Plant Nutrition  AGRI 440 Research in Agriculture  AGRI 460 Externship in Agriculture  AGRI 480 Capstone in Agriculture  NW-AEA/MORN Agro-Ecosystems/Sustainability: Teacher Prof Development Wkshp Iowa State University  AgEdS 310 Foundations of Agricultural Education Programs  AgEdS 311 Presentation and Sales Strategies for Agricultural Audiences  AgEdS 417 Supervised Teaching in Agricultural Education Programs  AgEdS 450 Farm Management and Operation  AgEdS 490 Independent Study in Agricultural Education and Studies  AgEdS 520/XW Instructional Methods for Adult and Higher Education in Agriculture  AgEdS 590A Curriculum Development in Agricultural Education  AgEdS 590B Early Field Experience in Agricultural Education  AgEdS 593F/G Utilizing Advisory Committees in Ag Education  AgEdS 593D Filemaker Pro and the Iowa FFA Management System  AgEdS 593A Agriculture-Based Renewable Energy  AgEdS 593C Cooperating Teacher Training in Agricultural Education  AgEdS 599 Creative Component  AgEdS 617 Student Teaching  AgEdS 699 Research Belief Statement 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. I am excited to work with faculty to deliver a well-rounded education that integrates real-world experiences and quality coursework in agriculture that provides our program graduates with a broad view of the world in which they will live and work. Applied Agricultural and Food Studies facility continuously strive to cultivate within our students a passion for life-long learning and a dedication to ethical leadership and civic responsibility.

Additional Information


2011 Iowa State University, Ph.D. Agricultural Education

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

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