Dr. Carmen Wilson became the Campus Executive Officer and Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Rock County in December of 2011. Prior to joining the UW-Rock County community, Dean Wilson spent 16 years at UW-La Crosse as both an administrator and an award-winning faculty member in the department of psychology. While at UW-L, she served as the Affirmative Action Officer and Chancellor's Chief of Staff (2008-2011), Faculty Senate Chair (2005-2008), Assessment Coordinator (2004-2008), and Chair of the Chancellor Search and Screen Committee (2006). Dean Wilson also was instrumental in the university’s accreditation process. Prior to pursuing her academic career, she was a clinical therapist, working primarily with troubled youth and their families.
Dean Wilson has experience in assessing programs, fostering diversity, promoting inclusivity, strengthening shared campus governance and enhancing the curriculum, and she looks forward to facilitating discussions around these themes and others with various groups in her role at UW-Rock County.
In addition to teaching awards, Dr. Wilson was recognized for her professional and administrative accomplishments by the La Crosse YWCA in their Tribute to Outstanding Women in 2007.
Born in Monroe, Wisconsin, but raised primarily in Iowa where her father was a college professor, Dean Wilson now lives in Janesville. She is a vegan, a musician who plays both the bagpipes and piano -- though not at the same time -- and she enjoys physical fitness activities.
Dean Wilson received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and both master’s and doctoral degrees in counseling psychology, all from Iowa State University. She has authored or co-authored several chapters for books and peer-reviewed journal articles relating to psychology and is a member of a number of professional associations. She also completed The Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in 2009.