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Jeffrey Wilhelm

Distinguished Professor,
Co-Director, Boise State Writing Project

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(208) 426-1199 | GW-103B

Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm is Distinguished Professor of Boise State University, Co-Director of the Boise State Writing Project, and an internationally-known teacher, author, and presenter.

A classroom teacher for fifteen years, Jeff works in local middle and high schools as part of the Professional Development Site Network, and teaches middle school and high students each year, working as a thinking partner with teachers and schools. He has authored or co-authored 34 texts about literacy teaching and 2 texts for young adults. He has been awarded the two top research awards in English Education: the NCTE Promising Research Award for “You Gotta BE the Book” (TC Press) and the Russell Award for Distinguished Research for “Reading Don’t Fix No Chevys” (Heinmeann). He is the founding director of the Maine and Boise State Writing Projects.


  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin
  • M.A.T., English, Brown University
  • B.A., German/English


Developing inquiry curriculum, motivation, interventions to assist struggling readers and writers

Recent Publications

  • Wilhelm, J., Fry, S., & Douglas, W. (2015). The Activist Learner: Inquiry, understanding and service. New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Appleman, D., Smith, M.W., and Wilhelm, J. (2014). Uncommon Core: Talking Back to the Common Core. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
  • Wilhelm, J. and Smith, M.W. (2014). Reading Unbound: Why kids need to read what they want and why we should let them. New York: Scholastic.
  • Wilhelm, J. (2013). Improving Comprehension with Think Alouds. 2nd edition, including DVD. New York: Scholastic.
  • Wilhelm, J. (2013). Deepening Comprehension with Action Strategies. 2nd edition, including DVD. New York: Scholastic.


  • Boise State Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute
  • Boise State Writing Project Teacher Leadership Fellowship Year
  • Assorted methods courses and graduate courses

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