UNI’s Jesse Wilcox named to National Science Teachers Association board of directors

UNI’s Jesse Wilcox named to National Science Teachers Association board of directors

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Jesse Wilcox, assistant professor of biology at UNI, has been named director of professional learning in science education on the board of directors for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). This prestigious appointment solidifies Wilcox's commitment to promoting best practices in science and STEM education, and his wealth of experience positions him as a valuable leader in the field.

The NSTA, boasting a robust community of 40,000 science educators and professionals, is at the forefront of championing excellence in teaching science and STEM. Committed to fostering a collective impact on student learning, the association plays a crucial role in shaping the landscape of science education across the nation.

“For nearly 20 years, NSTA has been one of my professional homes and has given me so much as a teacher and a professor,” said Wilcox. “I am humbled and honored to serve on the NSTA board and as the director of professional learning. I'm excited to give back to NSTA and to help science education move forward in professional learning.” 

As an assistant professor of biology at UNI, Wilcox has been instrumental in shaping the educational experiences of aspiring scientists. His passion for science education extends beyond the classroom, as evidenced by his impressive track record of more than 200 presentations at science and STEM education conferences.

Wilcox has contributed significantly to the academic discourse by publishing dozens of articles in science and STEM education journals. His research and insights have not only enriched the understanding of effective teaching methodologies but have also paved the way for innovative approaches in science education.

Jesse Wilcox

In his role on the NSTA board of directors, Wilcox will steer the direction of professional development initiatives, foster collaboration among educators and promote research-driven practices that enhance student learning outcomes.