A professor in the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations, Wilkins specializes in curriculum and instruction. She came to NIU in 2003 and is a recognized teacher educator at the state and national levels.
Her research interests include preservice education, student teachers and induction practices.
She accepted the nomination to serve on the Executive Council for the 2012–2014 term, along with other elected officers of the KDP legislative body, to help guide the strategic vision and initiatives for the international association and oversee its financial resources.
Wilkins has been a KDP member since 1993. In 2003, while serving as KDP counselor at Towson University, the Epsilon Alpha Chapter was awarded the first Ace of the ACE Award (Achieving Chapter Excellence) given to the top chapter in the country.
In 2007, Wilkins chaired the first KDP Graduate Student National Committee, which included 10 inaugural members, and whose work continues to impact 6,000 master’s and doctoral students.
“I am very honored and proud of the nomination to serve on the Society’s Executive Council for the next biennium,” Wilkins said. “Kappa Delta Pi has such a rich legacy of connecting top educators to worthy practices and ideals, from historically known members including Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Mead to current renowned leaders in education – among them Alfie Kohn, Lisa Delpit, Andy Hargreaves and Howard Gardner.”
For more information about KDP and the 2012–2014 Executive Council, visit www.KDP.org.