Michel D. Ransom

Chapter Scholar Award, presented in April 2007

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Nora and Michel Ransom
(Spring '06 photograph)


Each year Phi Kappa Phi has the privilege of honoring faculty members who have made outstanding contributions.   We are pleased to present the 2007 Phi Kappa Phi Scholar Award to Dr. Michel D. Ransom.

Dr. Ransom is a Professor in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University. At the University of Arkansas, he got his undergraduate degree in 1974 and his M.S. degree in 1976. He received his Ph.D. in 1984 from The Ohio State University. He has been on the faculty at Kansas State University since 1984.

Dr. Ransom's greatest significant scholarly activity is in the area of teaching. He teaches several courses including Soil Genesis and Classification and Soil Judging. The success of Dr. Ransom's teaching program is shown by the fact that the Kansas State University Soil Judging Team has qualified for the national contest in 12 of the last 13 years.

His research interests include processes of soil genesis and the use of satellite imagery and geographic information systems (GIS) for soil survey. He is the liaison between the Department of Agronomy and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for soil survey activities.

He is Assistant Head for Teaching in the Department of Agronomy. In this capacity, he coordinates academic programs in the department and oversees course-and-curriculum development. He has served on many university committees and was President of the Faculty Senate in 1999-2000.

He has received many honors, including being named Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America. Phi Kappa Phi is honored to present the 2007 Phi Kappa Phi Scholar Award to Dr. Ransom.

The Scholar Award criteria:

  1. Quality of accomplishments in
    the nominee's field of study.
  2. Achievements of regional,
    national and/or international
    scope (publications, research,
    invited lectures, etc.).
  3. Honors and other forms of
    recognition for excellence in
    scholarly work.