Terry Wilson named S&T Women’s Advocate of the Year

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On April 21, 2021

Terry Wilson teaches a cell biology lab in 2015. Photo by Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T.

Terry Wilson, associate teaching professor of biological sciences at Missouri S&T, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Dr. Elizabeth Cummins Women’s Advocate Award. She was honored during a campus ceremony on Wednesday, April 21.

The award is given to any Missouri S&T employee, regardless of gender or job designation, that demonstrates commitment to the women on campus through mentorship and advocacy and by setting an example through professional achievement.

Wilson joined the S&T faculty in 1993 as a research assistant. Prior to joining S&T she taught science courses in the Maries R-I school district in Vienna, Missouri, and at Sparta High School in Sparta, Missouri.

Her nominators spoke highly of her mentorship of female students both in and out of the classroom, and her contributions to students’ experiences at S&T.

Terry Wilson. Photo in 2019 by Tom Wagner/Missouri S&T.

“Terry Wilson has been an outstanding educator for as long as I have known her,” says one nominator. “Her reputation among the students is impressive and her ability to connect with students is phenomenal. She is quick to utilize new teaching tools and strategies and is always concerned with keeping the best interest of her students at heart.

“Her organizational skills are a gift to any new project, but she is also ‘in the trenches’ to make sure the work gets done,” says a former colleague of Wilson’s. “Terry’s organizational skills were critical in helping to get S&T’s ‘Expanding Your Horizons’ program started.”

“I could sit in on any lecture by Terry Wilson multiple times and learn new things,” says one alumna nominator. “She has an exuberant and enticing way of teaching students. She keeps students engaged by telling relevant stories, showing props and inviting students to ask questions.”

Wilson has been awarded an Extraordinary Faculty Award by S&T’s Student Council in 2017, Faculty Achievement Awards in 2010, 2014, and 2016, and Excellence in Teaching Awards in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. She has served on numerous campus panels and committees, and has supervised research in S&T’s Cell Biology Laboratory, Zoology Laboratory, and Biodiversity Laboratory.

Wilson earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education in biology in 1983 and a master of science degree in biology in 1993, both from Southwest Missouri State University.

The Dr. Elizabeth Cummins Women’s Advocate Award, which was established in 2017, is named for a Missouri S&T professor emerita who served as chair of English and technical communication. She was the first woman to chair an academic department at S&T and the first recipient of the Woman of the Year Award.

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Founded in 1870 as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,600 students and part of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 99 different degree programs in 40 areas of study, including engineering, the sciences, business and information technology, education, the humanities, and the liberal arts. Missouri S&T is known globally and is highly ranked for providing a strong return on tuition investment, exceptional career opportunities for graduates, and an emphasis on applied, hands-on learning through student design teams and cooperative education and internship opportunities. Missouri S&T is the top public engineering university of 2021 as ranked by College Factual. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.

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