An Assistant Professor in Agriculture Education, Dr. Anissa Wilhelm began her appointment at NDSU in fall of 1998. As a teacher of teachers, she takes seriously her role as a model of effective teaching strategies and keeps a focus on student development.
Originally from Atascadero, California, Wilhelm received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis, and both her Masters and Doctoral degrees from Oklahoma State University.
Wilhelm coordinates the agricultural education and extension education program for the undergraduate and graduate level. This includes teaching courses on both levels. Undergraduate courses include H&CE 341 Leadership and presentation; H&CE 444 Planning the community program; H&CE 481 Teaching methods in agriculture; H&CE 345 Extension Education; H&CE 445 Technology/Change theory. Graduate courses include H&CE 724 Program Development in Agriculture Education; H&CE 740 Philosophy and Policy in Vocational Education; H&CE 743 SAE/Adult Programs; H&CE 756 Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Agriculture Education; and H&CE 781 Professional Development in Agriculture Education. She regularly advises undergraduate agriculture education College of Human Development and Educationstudents and agriculture education and family and consumer sciences master students.
Wilhelm's research interests involve the study of effective teaching in agriculture education; agriculture literacy; academic achievement of agriculture education students; and technology/knowledge transfer. While at NDSU, she has written and presented on local, state, regional, national and international levels. In addition, she has written and received grants both individually and collaboratively.
Wilhelm also engages in service activities such as agriculture education teacher in-service. She has served on numerous department, college and university committees. In the position of agriculture educator, it is essential that she is available to teachers as well as pre-service students. Key aspects of this relationship include teacher in-service, providing educational support, and developing curriculum standards in agriculture.
She has received a number of awards in the past few years, including receipt of an Honorary American FFA Degree at the National FFA Convention, Louisville, Ky, in October 2003 and "Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year" in Agriculture at the All-Services Conference in 2001. She was awarded the "Exceptional Contribution to Service" award in College of Human Development & Education for 2002 and was nominated for "Exceptional Contribution to Teaching" in College of Human Development & Education in 2001. She was also nominated for "Outstanding Professor of the Year" by Phi Upsilon Omicron in the College of Human Development & Education in 2000.