Dr. Michel D. Ransom
Professor of Soil Classification / Mineralogy
Assistant Head for Teaching
Dr. Mickey Ransom, Assistant Head for Teaching, did not envision his career path where it has taken him, even in graduate school.
“I had always assumed that I would have a position with more research than teaching but, of course, my position now is just the opposite,” Dr. Ransom said.
He actually started out his college career as a civil engineering major, not an agronomy major, despite being raised on a small farm in Arkansas. Eventually, he found that civil engineering was not something he truly enjoyed, and switched to an agronomy major at the University of Arkansas.
When he entered his position at K-State in the Agronomy Department in 1984 Dr. Ransom had never experienced teaching. In working on his Ph.D. in Soil Genesis, Classification and Mineralogy from Ohio State University, he had a research assistantship, not a teaching assistantship.
Now he can not imagine a more rewarding profession. He not only teaches soils courses, but he coaches the Soil Judging Team every year. Working closely with students every year keeps him in touch with the changing environment of student life and communications. It has also helps his students keep grounded in the fundamental principles of the physical world.
From his experience Dr. Ransom offers a bit of wisdom to students:
“Be patient,” Dr. Ransom said. “You may end up doing something different than you have planned and prepared for.”