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Joan Thomson, Ph.D.

  • Professor Emerita
Joan Thomson, Ph.D.
209B Ferguson Building
University Park, PA 16802
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Work Phone: 814-863-3825

Education

  1. Ph.D. Mass Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1969
  2. M.S. Agricultural Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1965
  3. B.S. Home Economics Journalism (high honors), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1964

Research Interests

  • Food systems communication
  • Non-formal adult education/outreach scholarship
  • Technology-based learning

Professional Certification

CFCS (Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences), American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

Courses Taught

  • AGCOM 462W, Advanced Agricultural Writing
  • AEE 590/AYFCE 590, Colloquium
  • AEE 515, Engagement Through Outreach Scholarship in Higher Education

Selected Publications

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Thomson, J.S., Radhakrishna, R., Bagdonis, J. (forthcoming). Extension Educators’ Perceptions of the Local Food System. Journal of Extension .

Tobin, D., Thomson, J., LaBorde, L., & Bagdonis, J. (forthcoming). Developing GAP Training for Growers: Perspectives from Pennsylvania Supermarkets. Journal of Extension.

Bagdonis, J., Thomson, J.S., & Altemose, C. (2008). Examining Extension’s Role in Facilitating Collaborative Initiatives to Direct Market Farm Products on the Internet . Journal of Extension . 46(2)2IAW2:5pp. .

Thomson, J.S. (2008). Finding My Voice to Make Democracy Work. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement . 12(2)113-116.

Thomson, J.S., Radhakrishna, R.B., Maretzki, A.N., & Inciong, L.O. (2006). Strengthening Community Engagement towards Sustainable Local Food Systems . Journal of Extension . August 44(4)I4:4FEA2:14 pp.  .

Thomson, J.S., & Dininni, L.M. (2005). What the Print Media Tell Us about Agricultural Biotechnology: Will We Remember? Choices . 20(4)247-252. Choices Magazine .

AL-Subaiee, S., Thomson, J.S., & Yoder, E. (2004). Extension Agents’ Perceptions Regarding Sustainable Agriculture in the Riyadh Region of Saudi Arabia. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education . 12(1)5-14.

Thomson, J.S., Abel, J.L., & Maretzki, A.N., (2001). Edible Connections: A Model to Facilitate Citizen Dialogue and Build Community Collaboration . Journal of Extension . 39(2)4 pp (April).  .

Thomson, J.S., Abel, J.L., & Maretzki, A.N., (2001). Edible Connections: A Model for Citizen Dialogue Used to Discuss Local Food, Farm, and Community Issues. Journal of Applied Communications . 85(1)25-42:March.

Thomson, J.S., & Stringer, S.B. (2000). First-Year Seminar: Using Technology to Explore Professional Issues and Opportunities Across Locations. Journal of General Education . 49(1)66-73.

Abel, J., Thomson, J., & Maretzki, A. (1999). Extension's Role with Farmers' Markets: Working with Farmers, Consumers, and Communities . Journal of Extension . 37(5)5 pp (October)  .

Stringer, S.B., & Thomson, J.S. (1998) Demographic Data and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Purchasing Preferences of Minority Consumers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences . 90(1)18-22:Spring.

Thomson, J.S. & Kelvin, R.E. (1996) Suburbanites’ Perceptions About Agriculture: The Challenge for Media. Journal of Applied Communications . 80(3)11-20.

Chapters in Books - Selected

Thomson, J.S., Maretzki, A.N., & Harmon, A.H. (2007). Community Initiated Dialogue: Strengthening the Community through the Local Food System. Chapter in Remaking the North American Food System: Strategies for Sustainability , C. Hinrichs and T. Lyson, eds. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. pp183-198. Paperback edition: 2009.

Refereed Papers - Selected

Bagdonis, J., Thomson, J., & LaBorde, L. (2011). An Evaluative Frame of Reference Framework for On-Farm Food Safety: U.S. and Brazilian Comparisons. Joint annual meeting of Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS) and Association for Study of Food and Society (ASFS), Missoula, MT. June 11.

Tobin, D., Thomson, J., & LaBorde, L. (2011). Consumer Perceptions of Fresh Produce Safety: A Study of Pennsylvania.  Joint annual meeting of Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS) and Association for Study of Food and Society (ASFS), Missoula, MT. June 11.

Abel, J., & Thomson, J.  (2000). Assessing the Involvement of Pennsylvania Professional Planners in Food System Activities. Joint annual meeting of Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS) and Association for the Study of Food, and Society (ASFS), New York, NY. June.

Thomson, J.S., & Maretzki, A.N. (2000). Edible Connections: A Planning Guide for Conducting a Food Communications Forum. Educational session, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual meeting, Chicago, IL. June.

Thomson, J.S., Maretzki, A.N., Nunnery, S., & Stringer, S.B. (1999). Edible Connections: Forging Linkages Among Universities and Local Communities. Best Practices in Outreach and Public Service Conference, University Park, PA. October 12.

Stringer, S.B., & Thomson, J.S. (1999). Defining Agricultural Issues: Daily Newspaper Editors' Perspectives. 12pp. ACE/NETC annual meeting, Knoxville, TN. June 14.

Thomson, J.S., Maretzki, A.N., Nunnery, S., & MacIsaac, J. (1999). Expanding the Dialogue about the Food System: Using a Food Communications Forum to Enhance Communications Among Food System Stakeholders. ACE/NETC annual meeting, Knoxville, TN. June 13.

Maretzki, A.N., Thomson, J.S., & Nunnery, S. (1999). Edible Connections, A Food Communications Forum: Changing the Way We Talk About Food, Farm, and Community. Joint annual meetings of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS), Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), and the Food Choice Group. Toronto, Canada. June 4.

Stringer, S.B., & Thomson J.S. (1999). Sources of Agricultural News in Pennsylvania Daily Newspapers: An Evaluation by Editors and Reporters. Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) annual meeting, Blacksburg, VA. April 8-9.

Educational Resources - Selected 

(For copies, contact Joan Thomson, jst3@psu.edu )

Abel, J., & Thomson, J.S. (2001). Food System Planning: A Guide for Extension Educators . (4 pp). Provides ideas for helping citizens and community organizations work with county and municipal planners on food system issues. Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

Abel, J., & Thomson, J.S. (2001). Food System Planning: A Guide for Community Organizations . (4pp). Provides ideas for working with municipal and county planners on food system issues such as farmland preservation, community gardens, and food access. Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

Abel, J. & Thomson, J.S. (2001). Food System Planning: A Guide for County and Municipals Planners . (4 pp). Discusses why the food system is important to the health of a community; results from a survey of county and municipal planners in 18 Pennsylvania counties. Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

S. Nunnery, Thomson, J.S., & Maretzki, A.N. (2000). Edible Connections: Changing the Way We Talk About Food, Farm, and Community, A Planning Guide for Conducting a Food Communications Forum with supporting video. Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.