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Jesse Wilcox, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 515.271.3697
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311


B.S., M.A.T., Ph.D., Iowa State University

Honors & Professional Memberships


  • 2016 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award Awarded by Grand View University
  • 2011 Excellence in Science Teaching Award Awarded by the Iowa Academy of Sciences
  • 2007 Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers Awarded by the National Science Teachers Association

Professional Memberships

  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • Iowa Academy of Science (IAS)
  • Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)
  • International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching (IHPST)
  • North Central Association for Science Teacher Education (NC-ASTE)
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)

Prior Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Education Grand View University, Des Moines, IA

Areas of Expertise

  • Nature of Science
  • Teacher Induction
  • Epistemological Beliefs
  • Research-based Pedagogical Decision-making
  • Pre-service and In-service Teacher Education
  • Elementary Science Teaching
  • STEM Education

Courses Taught

  • Problem-based Learning
  • Effective Teaching II
  • Culturally Proficient Capstone
  • Engineering and Technological Design
  • Introduction to Education
  • Elementary Science Methods
  • Secondary Science Methods
  • Science Methods & the Nature of Science
  • Essentials of Effective Instruction
  • Critical Issues in Teacher Leadership
  • Student Development and Learning Theory 
SOE News
May 7, 2018
Wayne Ford, a longtime Iowa elected official and nonprofit leader, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during Drake’s 144th Commencement Ceremony for Undergraduate Degree Recipients at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 20, in The Knapp Center.