Saturday, November 16, 2013

Dean Stephan Wilson named OSU Regents Professor

Dr. Stephan M. Wilson, professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science and dean of the College of Human Sciences since 2008, has been named an Oklahoma State University Regents Professor.

Wilson is a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations and was honored for lifetime contributions to cross-cultural and cross-national family studies by the NCFR with the presentation of the prestigious Jan Trost Award in 2007.

Before coming to OSU, Wilson was senior associate dean and professor in the College of Health and Human Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. He also served as chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at UNR, the interim director of the Nevada Center for Ethics and Health Policy, and Co-Director of the SAGE Consortium (Scholars for Aging and Ethics).

At the University of Kentucky, he held positions as acting chair and later as director of graduate studies in the Department of Family Studies; he was also director of the Research Center for Families and Children. He has held faculty positions at Virginia Tech, Illinois State University and Montana State University where he was director of Human Development and Counseling in the Department of Health and Human Development.

Wilson graduated cum laude from Wabash College with dual bachelor’s degrees in biology and philosophy. He received a Master of Science degree in child and family studies and a Ph.D. in human ecology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Wilson has served on the editorial board and as a guest editor for Marriage and Family Review and the editorial board for Family Relations and reviews for many other scholarly journals.  His research has resulted in more than 50 funded grants, 70 juried journal articles, book chapters, edited books, over 30 technical reports, monographs, and myriad other publications, as well as nearly a hundred published abstracts to national and international professional bodies.  He has also given more than a dozen international invited presentations, 25 presentations to state and regional professionals, and he has been invited to speak at 41 state and community meetings.

Regents Professor Wilson’s areas of scholarship include:  adolescents and families; cross-cultural families; adolescent social competence; parent-child interactions; and increasing the capacity of higher education internationally.

Early in his career he served as a US Peace Corps teacher in Kenya for two years, and returned 22 years later for a year with his family to teach and carry out research with Kenyan colleagues at Kenyatta University near Nairobi as a Visiting Senior Fulbright Scholar. He continues collaboration with colleagues in Kenya, Mexico, and at several universities in China.

To be named a Regents Professor is the most prestigious honor an OSU professor may attain in recognition of scholarly accomplishments.  The position recognizes select faculty members who have made unique contributions in their areas of specialization.  Regents Professors hold a distinguished record of nationally and internationally recognized excellence and scholarship.