The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) is proud to announce that Erica Thieman has been selected to join the Agricultural Education Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, effective August 16, 2013. As Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education, Thieman’s focus will include teaching courses in the Agricultural Science Education (ASE) concentration and conducting research related to the training of agricultural educators and teaching in the agriculture classroom.
Thieman brings experience from both the secondary and post-secondary agriculture classrooms. After working as a high school agriculture educator for five years in both rural and urban communities, she has spent the last four years of her professional career pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri. Her other work experiences include serving as a Community Educator for Rolla Technical Institute where she taught courses in Agricultural Mechanics and Horticulture, in addition to her background working on the family farm with Thieman’s Polled Shorthorns, a nationally recognized livestock operation in the beef industry. She will earn her Doctor of Philosophy degree this May in Agricultural Education from the University of Missouri. She has also earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and her Master of Science degree from the University of Missouri.
In addition to teaching Agricultural Education courses at the University of Missouri, Thieman also has experience with writing and obtaining grants. She has served as a Field Experience Coordinator and Student Teacher Supervisor for undergraduate students.
"I am excited to be joining the Illinois Ag Ed Family and College of ACES and to call Illinois my new home!” Thieman says, “I am really looking forward to getting settled in on campus so that I can meet the future teachers that are undergraduates and begin working with the in-service teachers who are working on their Master's degree. I am also very anxious to get out and meet the agriscience teachers across the state, along with their students."
Thieman’s research interests include studies on the resiliency of agricultural educators as it relates to stress levels, comparative analyses of stress-related experiences as they apply to male and female educators, and the role of mentors for novice educators. She earned the Distinguished Manuscript award at the North Central Research Conference for the American Association of Agricultural Education in 2012.