Vice President of Academic Affairs; Dean of Faculty; Interim Director of Art Education Programs
Dr. Catherine (Cathy) Wilson has been an active leader in education K-20 in Tennessee for 40 years. Having served as an elementary classroom teacher, art teacher K-12, Fine Arts Supervisor, K-12 General Education Supervisor, Assistant Principal, Principal, Education Consultant; Assistant, Associate and Professor; as well as a Research and Assessment Associate. She has worked for Shelby County Schools, Union University, Memphis College of Art, The University of Memphis and Johns Hopkins University.
As an officer in local and state professional organizations, she has worked on a number of education committees, and planned local and state conferences. Dr. Wilson served as a member of the Praxis Art Education National Advisory Council through Educational Testing Services (ETS) She is also the recipient of a 2011-2012 Fulbright Scholar and Specialist award and worked at Beaconhouse National University in Lahore, Pakistan. Dr. Wilson has research interests in teacher training, STEAM education, program assessment, classroom research and reform, mindfulness, leadership development, and creative thinking.
Some of the many awards Wilson has received include: Tennessee Education Association (TEA) Administrator of the Year; TAEA Higher Education Educator of the Year; Shelby County Schools Administrator of the Year; Tennessee Art Education Association (TAEA) Administrator of the Year; Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities; School, System, and State finalist Teacher of the Year; and University of Memphis Department of Leadership Mortar Board Graduate Student of the Year.
Cathy has lived for the past thirty years in Arlington, Tennessee with her husband, Don, a retired pilot for Northwest Airlines. She has a daughter, Shelby who is married to Adam Hartman.