EKU instructor, Kristen Wilson, believes in relationship building and taking an active part in her student’s educational experience. She goes above and beyond to ensure her online students have opportunities to interact and engage with her. Wilson’s personal attention and dedication to helping students prepare to make their mark in the field makes her a particular point of pride on EKU’s campuses, both in-person and virtual. We take great pride in offering the chance to get to know her a little better.
What brought you to EKU?
I’ve been a Colonel for as long as I can remember. I grew up in Richmond, Kentucky and attended Model Laboratory School from Pre-K through high school. Both of my parents are retired professors from the College of Business, and I also attended the M.B.A. program at EKU. Eastern was an easy choice when considering where I wanted to teach!
Tell us a little about your work in your field.
I have been teaching at EKU since 2010. Currently, I teach professional communication and interpersonal skills in our on-campus undergraduate programs and data analytics for our eCampus MBA. I am passionate and committed to giving our students the best educational experience possible.
What moment at EKU stands out as most memorable?
In 2022, I was awarded the Jack L. Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes College of Business faculty for excellence in classroom instruction. The award luncheon was a very memorable and humbling experience, and I was blessed to share that day with my family and amazing colleagues.
What is your approach to online teaching?
I aim to create an engaging, dynamic classroom experience where students interact with one another and learn application skills, not just terminology.
What tactics or approaches do you use to aid in your student’s success?
The coursework is not always easy, whether online or in-person, but commitment and accountability are key. I give students multiple methods to learn and apply concepts and expect a concerted effort in return. I tell my students that I can’t manage secrets–meaning, an open dialog between professor and student must exist. Rather than struggle in silence, I encourage my students to use the resources at hand and directly ask for clarification when needed.
What do you believe are the biggest advantages to online learning?
100% convenience. One can finish a degree on their own time frame while managing work, family, and other responsibilities. EKU offers the flexibility to chase your dreams coupled with a quality, accredited programs.
What have you been up to lately? (Research, projects, awards, etc.)
My research interests include knowledge management, inquiring systems and organizations, information assurance and security, ethical decision-making, volunteerism, business communications application and pedagogy, and empowerment applications to information systems. I have been published in several journals and regularly attend continuing education trainings and conferences.
What advice would you give to someone who’s considering finishing their degree, or starting for the first time as an adult?
If your dream or future career plans include a college degree, there is no better time than now to start. Do it for yourself!
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