Roger McEowen, Agricultural Education and Studies, (515) 294-4076, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Meyer, Agriculture Communications, (515) 294-5616, email@example.com
MCEOWEN NAMED TO DOLEZAL PROFESSORSHIP IN AGRICULTURAL LAW AT IOWA STATE
AMES, Iowa -- Roger McEowen has been named the Leonard Dolezal Professor in Agricultural Law at Iowa State University.
McEowen, an associate professor of agricultural law and policy in ISU's Department of Agricultural Education and Studies, is a nationally recognized leader in agricultural law. He joined the Iowa State faculty in 2004.
"Dr. McEowen's reputation as an educator, legal scholar and attorney is carrying forward Iowa State's tradition of excellence in agricultural law that began in the 1960s under the leadership of Neil Harl, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and emeritus economics professor," said Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the College of Agriculture.
Leonard Dolezal of Cedar Rapids established the endowed professorship to enhance research, teaching and extension in agricultural law at Iowa State. Dolezal, a retired farmer, gave a gift of 80 acres of Linn County farmland to the Iowa State University Foundation.
"This professorship will provide Dr. McEowen with additional resources to support agricultural law programs that serve our students, Iowans and communities and address important issues to agriculture and rural areas," Wintersteen said. "This is why endowed faculty positions are so important to the university and why we are indebted to Leonard Dolezal for creating this one."
McEowen teaches an agricultural law class for seniors and graduate students. His extension work includes conducting the statewide Iowa Farm Income Tax Schools, a program that has helped tax practitioners better understand rules and regulations for more than 30 years. He often is an invited speaker at law seminars, conferences and workshops around the nation and is a frequent contributor of scholarly articles to law reviews and agricultural law and tax professional publications.
Before coming to Iowa State, McEowen was a faculty member and extension specialist in agricultural law and policy at Kansas State University for 11 years. He practiced law for two years in Nebraska before joining Kansas State. He is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and the Nebraska State Bar Association and an honorary member of the Iowa State Bar Association. He has been honored twice by the American Agricultural Law Association with its Excellence for Professional Scholarship Award and Distinguished Service Award. McEowen and Harl are co-authors of "Principles of Agricultural Law," a widely used textbook at universities and law schools.
McEowen earned his bachelor's degree in management at Purdue University, his master's degree in agricultural economics at Iowa State and his doctor of jurisprudence degree from Drake University Law School.
Editor's note: A photo of Roger McEowen is available by contacting Brian Meyer, Agriculture Communications, at the contact information above.