Ann Thompson

Virgil S. Lagomarcino Laureate Award

By the College of Human Sciences

This award honors graduates who are nationally and internationally recognized for their meritorious service or distinguished achievement in the field of education.

thomspon-annAnn Thompson
Ames, Iowa

Professor emeritus Ann Thompson may not have attended Iowa State University, but her career has been spent as a researcher, teacher, mentor, and leader here.

 Thompson made significant contributions to almost every area of the College of Human Sciences in her more than 30 years here. She served as chair of curriculum and instruction, worked with colleagues to develop the curriculum and instruction graduate program in educational technology, was interim associate dean and was the founding director for the Center for Technology in Learning & Teaching.

 Thompson is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the area of technology in teacher education. She developed a one-on-one technology mentoring program to help faculty integrate technology into teaching. That program has been replicated in colleges and universities across the nation.

 She “has been the single most instrumental person in establishing our program’s reputation as a national leader,” a colleague said.

Thompson’s excellent contributions to the college have not gone unnoticed at Iowa State and beyond. She was the 1998 recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award, and was named university professor in 2005. She was also recognized as one of the most influential people in Education Technology by Tech and Learning Magazine in 2011.

 “The recognitions are testaments to her creativity, her change skills, and the commitment to Iowa State University,” her nominator said.

 Thompson is an Iowa State Foundation Order of the Knoll member and a Cyclone Club member.