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Jesse Wilcox

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education


  • STEM Education
  • Educational Psychology 
  • Natures of STEM 
  • Research-based Teaching Practices 
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies


  • 2020 Outstanding Service Award, Awarded by the Iowa Academy of Sciences
  • 2019 Distinguished Junior Faculty Award, Awarded by Simpson College 
  • 2019 Distinguished Science Teaching Award, Awarded by the Iowa Academy of Sciences 
  • 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


  • Ph.D. in Education, Iowa State University, 2017 
  • M.A.T. in Science Education, Iowa State University, 2006 
  • B.S. in Biology, Iowa State University, 2004


  • Bahnson, A., Wilcox, J., Kruse, J.W., & Schou, T. (2020).  Moving from Surviving to Thriving: Teaching Social Emotional Learning Alongside the NGSS. The Science Teacher.87(6), 28-34.
  • Easter, J., Hollister, E., & Wilcox, J. (2019). Where Have the Birds Gone? Engineering solutions to authentic problems in the elementary science classroom. Science & Children. 57(4), 62-69. 
  • Wilcox, J., Kruse, J.W., and Voss, S. (2019). Rethinking Classic Engineering Activities: Embedding NGSS and natures of technology and engineering to improve student learning. Technology and Engineering Teacher (TETe). 79(2), 1-7. 
  • Kruse, J.W. & Wilcox, J. (2019). Blowing Up Demos: Making Demos More Effective. Science Scope. 42(11), 40-47.
  • Clough, K., Kruse, J.W., & Wilcox, J. (2019). It’s Alive?!? Accurately modeling how science works using patterns in a kindergarten classroom. Science & Children. 56(8), 34-39. 
  • Wilcox, J., Klapprodt, M., Holub, J., & Van Buskirk, K. (2019). Balancing Engineering and Science Instruction: Teaching third-graders about balanced and unbalanced forces using an engineering task. Science & Children. 56(7), 58-63. 
  • Chibnall, D., Wilcox, J., & Willeford, S. (2018). Astronomy that Makes Sense: Helping students with visual impairments hear and feel the cosmos. Science Scope. 44(2), 45-52. 
  • Edgerly, H.S., Wilcox, J., & Easter, J. (2018). Creating a Positive Feedback Culture: Eight practical principles to improve students’ learning. Science Scope. 41(5), 43-49.
  • Wilcox, J. & Lake, A. (2018). Teaching the Nature of Science in Elementary: Strategies and Resources. Science & Children. 55 (5), 78-85.