Regents Professor Stephan M. Wilson is the Dean of the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University.
Wilson has served as Human Sciences’ dean since January, 2008. He 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, Wilson 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.
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 has reviewed for many other scholarly journals. His research has resulted in more than 50 grants, 43 journal articles, 23 book chapters, 2 books, 31 Technical Reports, Monographs, and Other Publications, and 95 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.
Early in his career he served as a US Peace Corps teacher in Kenya, and returned 22 years later with his family to teach at Kenyatta University in Nairobi as a Visiting Senior Fulbright Scholar. He continues collaboration with colleagues in Kenya, Mexico and at several universities in China.
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