Dr. Kristin Wilson
Office: Gary A. Ransdell Hall Room 3084
B.B.A., Accounting, Baylor University
M.A., Literature, Truman State University
Ph.D., Higher and Continuing Education, University of Missouri-Columbia
Dr. Kristin Bailey Wilson joined WKU in 2013 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Research. Previously, she served as a faculty member at the University of Louisville. Dr. Wilson has 15 years of experience in the community college setting, including as a professor, division chair, faculty senate chair, and academic dean.
- EDFN 500: Research Methods
- EDFN 603: Qualitative Research in Education
- EDFN 675: Higher Education in America
- EDFN 724: Leadership in Community & Technical Colleges
- EDFN 728: Postsecondary Economics and Finance
- EDFN 795: Special Topics (College Choice & Retention Theories)
Dr. Wilson’s research interests include using critical frameworks to understand the college-going decisions and experiences of marginalized populations (e.g., veterans, single mothers, LGBTQ), as well as community college administration and leadership.
Mahan, D., Wilson, K. B., Petrosko, J. M., & Luthy, M. R. (2014). Is retention enough? Learning
and satisfaction of first-generation college seniors. Kentucky Journal of Higher Education Policy and
Practice, 3(1), 1-31.
Davidson, C., & Wilson, K. B. (2013/2014). Reassessing Tinto’s concepts of social and academic
integration in student retention. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice,
Hutchens, N. H., & Wilson, K. B. (2013). “But we don’t want them in our group:” Legal challenges
by student organizations to campus nondiscrimination policies Journal of College and University
Law, 39(3), 541-566.
Wilson, K. B., Smith, N. L., Lee. A. L., & Stevenson, M. A. (2013). When the Army post is the
campus: Understanding the social and academic integration of soldiers attending college.
Journal of College Student Development, 54(6), 628-642.
Githens, R. P., Sauer, T. M., Crawford, F. L., & Wilson, K. B. (2012). Online occupational education
in community colleges: Prevalence, programming, and connection with workforce development
needs. Career and Technical Education Research, 37(1), 35-56.
Wilson, K. B., & Cox, E. M. (2012). “I need a hero; I’m holding on for a hero ‘til the end of the
night:” A discourse analysis of protrayals of community college leadership in the
Chronicle. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 36(4), 279-290.
Wilson, K. B. (2011). Opening Pandora’s Box: An Autoethnographic Study of Teaching. Qualitative
Inquiry, 17(5), 452-458.
Wilson, K. B. (2011). If not welfare, then what? How single mothers finance college post-welfare
reform. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 38(4), 51-76.
Wilson, K. B., & Cox, E. M. (2011). No Kids Allowed: Transforming Community Colleges to
support Mothering. NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education, 4(2), 1-24.
Townsend, B. K., & Wilson, K. B. (2009). Academic and social integration of persisting community
college students. Journal of College Student Retention, 10(4), 405-423.
Townsend, B. K., & Wilson, K. B. (2006). "A hand hold for a little bit": Factors facilitating the success
of community college transfer students to a large research university. Journal of College Student
Development, 47(4), 439-464.
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