Dr. Clark Ford, professor in food science and human nutrition, has been named the 2016 Iowa State University AgOnline Teacher of Year for his World Food Issues (Agron 342) online course. Bestowed during National Distance Education Week, the award is given by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction and Technology Transfer, which conduct course evaluations each semester to tally student nominations for the AgOnline Teaching Award. Dr. Ford’s honor is based on evidence of commitment to online education, outstand teaching and mentoring of students, innovative course design and delivery, and contributions to online teaching.
“Clark Ford is making a difference in the course he teaches,” Brenton Center Director Gaylan Scofield said. “His dedication, work ethic, and expertise combine to help his department and college deliver an innovative, quality course that serves students at a distance.”
For many students, Dr. Ford’s class is an entry point into the many problems associated with poverty and world hunger. As a result, he deeply values the course’s ecological component and most enjoys the outstanding papers his students write in order to explore sustainability more extensively.
“My online teaching is structured as close to the in-class experience as I could make it, with videotaped lectures substituting for the real thing,” Dr. Ford said. "There are a total of 14 written and short-answer quizzes that must be graded so students must engage in the class to succeed."