Rudolph G. Wilson is the Assistant Provost for Cultural and Social Diversity in the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He also holds the academic rank of Associate Professor of Secondary Education in the department of Curriculum and Instruction .His primary teaching responsibilities include, but are not limited to, Methods of Teaching in the Secondary schools, Resiliency Education Teaching Strategies and Interracial Communication. He continues to be a guest lecturer on "Diversity Issues in the 21st Century" to many SIUE classes Graduated from Los Angeles State College, Professor Wilson has pursued graduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis, UCLA, Stanford, and Claremont Graduate School in California. His areas of expertise include English as a Second Language, English and Speech, Curriculum and Instruction, and Effective Teaching Practices.
Professor Wilson had held
many administrative positions prior to being selected as the Assistant Provost
for Cultural and Social Diversity. At Claremont, he was the chairperson of the
English Department and Master Teacher of English for the State of California. In
Illinois, he was the first elected African American to serve on the Edwardsville
School Board. He was a member for eighteen years, six years as President.
He was President of the Piasa Health Care, an organization that provides
prevention, intervention, and treatment modalities on drug and alcohol abuse. He
is past President of SIUE's faculty Senate. He was elected as the first
chairperson of the newly reorganized Department of Curriculum and Instruction at
SIUE, when three departments - Secondary Education, Reading and Early Childhood
- were merged
Assistant Provost Wilson is responsible for the Minority Recruitment and Retention Program designed to recruit and retain outstanding minority faculty and students. In this role, he sponsors programs dealing with "at risk" learning, mentor training, pedagogy, and research. He is the coordinator of the Johnetta Haley Scholarship Academy, a program that offers scholarships to minority students in areas where they have been traditionally underrepresented, such as engineering, mathematics, and sciences. The Assistant Provost also coordinates the University's initiative on diversity, entitled "Pathways to Harmony," which attempts to promote greater sensitivity to and positive awareness of gender, race, culture, life style, and disability issues on the SIUE campus. Assistant Provost Wilson provides programs and financial assistance to faculty who is committed to increasing diversity awareness in the University community.
Assistant Provost for Cultural and Social Diversity Rudy Wilson has received many honors and awards. He received SIUE's Teaching Excellence Award, The Hudlin Award for Humanistic Teaching, and the Great Teacher Award, Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award, The Kimmel Leadership Center Award for Faculty who contributes greatly to the community. He was named the Educator of the Year by the St. Louis American, a local newspaper. The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International named Assistant Provost Wilson a Paul Harris Fellow, which is given to individuals who further understanding and friendly relations between peoples of the world.
Assist Provost Wilson is a nationally renowned speaker and consultant. He is a professional storyteller. He shares stories that celebrate diversity. He is a consultant to the US Office of Education. He is asked to present workshops to schools and universities on resiliency education, positive approaches to toxic behaviors in families and communities. He is the Illinois State Board of Education's major consultant of effective teaching and evaluation practices. He conducts workshops on conflict resolution strategies, motivation of the reluctant student and at risk learners, diversity education initiatives and strategies, and successful parenting issues, especially, adoptive families.
He is married to Sandra L. Wilson and they are the parents of four children, the grandparents of six.