College of Agriculture & Applied Sciences
Graduate Student Teacher of the Year
Joseph S. Furse was born in St. George, Utah to Todd R. and the late Nani L. Furse. He was raised in Hurricane, UT where his father taught public school. During many hours spent with his father in the classroom, Joseph developed a love for education as he watched his father help many students, and as he saw those same students remember the impact his father had on their lives years after the fact. After graduating from Hurricane High School in 2005, Joseph went to Texas for two years on a religious mission. Upon returning, he enrolled at Utah State University to study Mechanical Engineering. After three years in that program, he concluded that an office cubicle was not where he wanted to spend his career, so after serendipitous circumstances led to his discovery of the Technology and Engineering Education program, he promptly changed majors. After completing a bachelors’ degree in 2014, Joseph was accepted into the doctoral program as a Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow, where he is currently working toward finishing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, concentrating in Career and Technical Education.