Dr. Ann Cunningham


Associate Professor

Office: Tribble B211
Email: cunninac@wfu.edu
Phone: 336-758-4969

Dr. Ann Cunningham has been a member of the Department of Education faculty since 1999, and her instructional interests and pursuits are varied. She teaches Instructional Design courses to students in the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs. She has had the pleasure of teaching and advising freshmen in First Year Seminars, and she equally enjoys teaching upperclassmen in Learning and Cognitive Science courses. Dr. Cunningham has designed and implemented the only online course offered in the Department of Education. She has also taken students to study abroad in New Zealand to work in classrooms with K-8 students and teachers in Auckland, traveling across both islands exploring the beauty and culture of the nation’s diversity.

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of Education


Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1997
M.A.T. in English, University of South Carolina, 1986
B.A. in English, Erskine College, 1983

Past Professional Experiences

2016-2019, Chair, Committee for Lower Division Advising
2016-2019, Member, WISE Conference Planning Committee
2017-2018, Committee for First Year Experience (FYS)
2016-present, Global-Ready Schools Evaluator, NC Department of Public Instruction
2014-present, Board of Directors Member, New Oasis International Education
2012-2014, Chief Academic Officer of the Wake Forest Advantage Program, Office of the Provost

EDU 307/717: Design, Assessment, & Technology
EDU 311: Learning and Cognitive Science
FYS 100: First-Year Seminar

Cunningham, Ann C. (2015). Experiential Learning in International Classrooms: A Model for Pre-service Teachers. In Advancing Teacher Education and Curriculum Development through Study Abroad Programs (2015) ed., Joan A. Rhodes and Tammy Milby, Advances in Higher Education and Professional Development, IGI Global Series (invited).

Cunningham, A. C., & Friedman, A. (2012). Anchoring a Social Studies Teaching and Learning Experience with Digital Video: The Impact of a Collaborative Recursive Model for Teacher Education. In Polly, D., Mims, C., & Persichitte, K. A., (eds). Developing Technology-Rich Teacher Education Programs: Key Issues. (pp. 467-479). doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-0014-0.ch030 (invited)

Cunningham, Ann C. (2010). Socio-Emotional Skills in a 21st Century Globalized Economy: Key Drivers for Change in Teacher Preparation Practices, Association of Teacher Educators, v. 32 n.4.

Bennett, Kristin R and Cunningham, Ann C. (2009).  “Handhelds for Formative Assessment in the Elementary School. Journal of Computing in Teacher Education 25(3), 99-105.

Association of Teacher Educators (Spring 2018). “Getting to Global: The promise and challenge of building and sustaining experiential international classroom opportunities for pre-service and in-service teachers.”

Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) (Spring, 2018). “Acknowledging the Dark Side of Connectivity, Devices, and Media: A Teacher Education Imperative”