Johannes Wilbert was a professor of the UCLA Anthropology Department for nearly thirty years (1962 to 1991).
For twenty years of his tenure he served as director of the Latin American Center (1963-1978; 1984-1989). Wilbert is a recipient of the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award (1978). He has been a Research Fellow in Amerindian ethnomedicine of the Botanical Museum of Harvard University (1973-1989). He holds an Honorary Professorship from the Sociedade Brasileira de Instruyiio, Rio de Janeiro (1969) and was elected a fellow of the Linnean Society of London (1977), and of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (1990).