Iowa State Agricultural Education Professor Awarded National Teaching Award

July 24th, 2019

AMES, Iowa – The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) awarded its 2019 Educator Award to an Iowa State University associate professor.

Misty Lambert, an associate professor in agricultural education and studies, received the award at the 65th NACTA Conference on June 21 at the College of Southern Idaho.

Lambert is a first-generation college student who found her future in agricultural education through FFA. She received her bachelor’s degree in 2002 and her master’s degree in 2004 from North Carolina State University. She earned her doctorate in agricultural education in 2010 from the University of Missouri.

Lambert taught high school in North Carolina for four years and later served as director of teacher education at Oregon State University. She joined Iowa State in 2017 and educates agriculture teachers and teaches graduate courses. She also serves as the program director of the Science with Practice program, which helps undergraduates gain research and work experience.

“Working with students is the best part of my job. As a first-generation student myself, I appreciate the opportunity to be available to students and to help them achieve their goals in the same way my teachers did for me,” Lambert said.

NACTA is a professional society created in 1955 that focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning agriculture and related disciplines at the postsecondary level. More information about the organization is available at:


Misty Lambert, Agricultural Education and Studies, 515-294-0895,
Barb McBreen, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service, 515-294-0707,