Dr. Thomas D. Isern
Professor of History & University Distinguished Professor
Tom Isern (Ph.D. 1977, Oklahoma State University: History and Folklore of the North American plains, History of Agriculture). Custom Combining on the Great Plains: A History (University of Oklahoma Press, 1981); (with Jim Hoy) Plains Folk: A Commonplace of the Great Plains (University of Oklahoma Press, 1987); (with Raymond Wilson) Kansas Land (Gibbs Smith, 1988); Bull Threshers and Bindlestiffs: Harvesting and Threshing on the North American Plains (University Press of Kansas, 1990); (with Jim Hoy) Plains Folk II: The Romance of the Landscape (University of Oklahoma Press, 1990); Dakota Circle: Excursions on the True Plains (NDSU Institute for Regional Studies, 2000).
701-799-2942. link to hompage: www.historyrfd.net/isern/
Teaching Awards: 1999, Peltier Award for Innovative Teaching.
Awards: 2000, Fargo Chamber of Commerce Distinquished Professorship Award.
Research Awards: 1981, Robinson Award, South Dakota History; 1991, Phi Alpha Theta Subsequent Book Award.
Professional Service: 1993-present, Founder and Section Coordinator, New Zealand Studies Section, Western Social Science Association; 1993-present, Board of Directors, Preservation North Dakota; currently serving on editorial boards of Heritage of the Great Plains and Kansas History.
University Service: 1998, Outstanding Educator Award, CAHSS Advisory Board; 1999-present, Acquisitions Editor, NDSU Institute for Regional Studies.
External Grants: 1996, Fulbright Commission, Programme Development Grant, New Zealand; 1997, Faculty Enrichment Programme, Embassy of Canada; 1993-present, North Dakota Humanities Council, "Great Books of the Great Plains;" 1997-98, State Historical Society of North Dakota, "Historic Architectural Survey of Bowman County;" 1998-2000, City of Valley City, "Historic Structures Survey;" 1999-2000, North Dakota Humanities Council, "Beets and Buffalo;" 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, National Endowment for the Humanities, "The Great Plains from Texas to Saskatchewan."
Current Courses Taught
U.S. to 1877
U.S. since 1877