Anderson, William


Bill Anderson

Professor of Crop Science
member of graduate faculty

Start Year: 1999



Ph.D. 1974 University of Nebraska (Crop production, physiology)
M.S. 1970 The Ohio State University (Turfgrass physiology)
B.S. 1969 The Ohio State University (Agronomy)

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Plant Science
  • Introduction to Soil Science
  • Introduction to Biotechnology
  • Soil Fertility
  • Sustainable Agriculture

Research Interests:

Professional Presentations

·         Frank, T. J., W. A. Anderson and V. Justen. 2011. Phenotypic Rating of Maize Dwarf Mosaic Virus Infection of Sweet Corn (Zea Mays saccharata). 2011 National SASES Meetings, Oct 17.  San Antonio, TX.

·         Druckrey, J., Y. Moon, N. Waterland and W. A. Anderson.  2011. Surviving Climate Change: Development of Heat or Drought Tolerant Crops Using Petunia As a Model System.  2011 National SASES Meetings, Oct 17.  San Antonio, TX.

·         Anderson, William A., F. Durham, S. Frame, F. Jones and J. Tomkins. 2010.  Sustainable Agriculture in Western Wisconsin. 2010 NACTA/SERD Conference. June 23.  State College, PA.

·         Anderson, Bill, and Holly Dolliver. 2010. Soil Characteristics, Processes and Practical Implications.  21st Annual Organic Farming Conference. Feb 27. La Crosse, WI.

·         Bleskachek, Leslie K., and W. A. Anderson.  2005. Evaluating Transformational and Experiential Learning. (Council on International Educational Exchange International Conference, Miami, Florida. Invited.

·         Anderson, William A. 1994.  Total quality management: Basic definitions and practical applications for higher education. American Society of Agronomy (ASA) national meetings, Seattle, WA. Invited.

·         Anderson, William A. 1990.  Teaching alfalfa harvest timing using individual and collaborative learning strategies. ASA national meetings, San Antonio, TX

·         Anderson, William A. 1986.  Farming internships for urban backgrounded faculty. ASA national meetings, New Orleans, LA.

·         Anderson, William A. 1983.  Crop science reinforcement units for students with weak or nonfarm backgrounds. ASA national meetings, Washington, D. C.

·         Anderson, William A., C. Biggar and M. Guthrie. 1982.  Educational tours for students – informative, inexpensive, easy to organize. ASA national meetings, Anaheim, CA.

·         Anderson, William A. 1979.  A course format for effective teaching and course update. ASA national meetings, Fort Collins, CO.

·         Anderson, William A. 1978.  Weed species plots. NACTA national meetings, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA.

Professional Activities:

Professional Affiliations

·         American Society of Agronomy (1969 – present)

·         North American Colleges and Teachers in Agriculture (2000 – present)

·         National Association of Colleges and Teachers in Agriculture (1973-1992; 1994-1999)

·         American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources (1999-2003)

·         National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (1995-2003)

·         Ohio Association of Regional Campuses (1992-1999)

·         Technical Agriculture Association (1996 – 1999) – founding member

·         Minnesota Association of Colleges and Teachers in Agriculture (1976 – 1992)

·         National Education Association (1981 – 1992)

·         American Forage and Grassland Council (1977 – 1992)

·         Crop Science Society of America (1969 – 1972; 1978 – 1980)

·         Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (1980 – 1984)


Refereed Journal Publications

·         Anderson, William A. 2008. College Students’ View of Biotechnology Products and Practices in Sustainable Agriculture.  J. Nat. Resour. Life Sci. Educ., 37:69-73.

·         Anderson, William A. 2000.  StanleyRobert Anderson: from Humble Beginnings to a University Presidency. J. Nat. Resour. Life Sci. Educ., Vol. 29, pp 93-94.

·         Anderson, William A. 1992.  A variety selection exercise that teaches individual and collaborative problem-solving. J. Nat. Resour. Life Sci. Educ. 21(2):153-155.

·         Anderson, William A. 1992.  Critical thinking in agronomy: Classroom activities that encourage students to question information validity.  J. Nat. Resour. Life Sci. Educ. 21(2):165-168.

·         Anderson, William A. 1991.  Teaching alfalfa harvest timing using individual and collaborative learning strategies.  J. Agron. Educ. 20(1): 47-49.

·         Heichel, G. H., W. A. Anderson, et al. 1991. Become a more successful author.  J. Agron. Educ. 20(1): 69-70.

·         Anderson, William A. 1990.  Critical thinking in agronomy: Suggested expectations for student responses on exams.  J. Agron. Educ. 19(1):94-96.

·         Wilson, Mark E., Roger D. Walker and William A. Anderson.  1990. Using logic puzzles for critical thinking.  NACTA J. XXXIV(1):50-52.

·         Wilson, Mark E., and William A. Anderson. 1986. How to increase student motivation in the classroom.  NACTA J. XXX(3):25-26.

·         Anderson, William A. 1985.  Agronomic terminology: Do our students understand? J. Agron. Educ. 13(2): 135-136.

·         Anderson, William A. and B. Harrison. 1985. Lecture break.  J. Agron. Educ. 14(2):105-108.

·         Anderson, William A. 1984.  Staying ahead of the problem. J. Agron. Educ. 13(2):135-136.

·         Anderson, William A. 1984.  Plant key usage. J. Agron. Educ. 13(1):29-30.

·         Anderson, William A. 1981.  Cheating control on exams. J. Agron. Educ. 10:13-16.

·         Anderson, William A. 1981. A simplified procedure for handling make-up exams.  J. Agron. Educ. 10:17-19.

·         Anderson, William A. 1978.  Key to successful preoccupational training experiences. NACTA J. XXII(1):28-30.

·         Anderson, William A. Student appraisal of an auto-tutorial system in an audio-visual crop science laboratory. J. Agronomy Educ. 4:77-82.

·         Anderson, William A. 1974.  Improve student performance on exams. J. Agron. Educ 3:39-43.