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Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research

Dr. Kristin Wilson

Dr. Kristin Wilson
- Associate Professor


                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.


Courses Taught:


  • 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)


Research Interests:


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.


Selected Publications:


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,

15(3), 329-346.

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

ChronicleCommunity 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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