Professor of Earth Science,
Ken Thompson's initial interest in earth science was sparked by growing up in the Great Lakes region of northwest Iowa, and this interest was further encouraged by an outstanding high school science teacher, Milt Krohn. Thompson went on to earn B.A. (1975) and M.A. (1985) degrees at the University of Northern Iowa. He completed Iowa certification requirements in earth science, chemistry, physics, physical science, and general science. He taught for 12 years in the Marshalltown, Iowa public school system, gaining experience at both middle and high school levels. At various times he taught earth science, physical science, life science, mathematics, and health. In addition, he coached basketball, football, and track at the middle school level and worked with talented and motivated students on science-fair projects. Thompson earned his Ph.D. from Iowa State University (1991) in science education.
Thompson became a member of the earth science faculty at ESU in 1991. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in science education, he also teaches undergraduate courses in earth science and physical sciences. He serves as the Physical Sciences Education Coordinator. Also, Thompson observes student teachers and has served as the division representative in the ESU Student Advising Center. He is active professionally by being a member of several organizations, serving on various committees, publishing, and writing grant proposals. Thompson's scholarly activities are focused in science education.
Thompson's wife, Deborah, is an elementary school teacher in Emporia, and they have one son, Tyler. When he is not working, Thompson enjoys outdoor activities, sports, reading, and spending time with his family.
Last update: Feb. 2009.