BLAIR — On Sunday, Feb. 17 Rev. and Mrs. Norris B. Turner and the Gethsemane Baptist Church Family invite you to the attend the services where Dr. Pamela Wilson, President of Allen University will deliver the Black History segment of the program.
Dr. Pamela M. Wilson is the 24th President of Allen University located in Columbia, South Carolina. She is the first female to be inaugurated and serve as president in the 142-year history of the University. A strategic and visionary leader, Dr. Wilson has led Allen University through an intensive period of stabilization and improved accountability since her appointment in August 2010.
An experienced educator, both as an administrator and Professor of English, Dr. Wilson has served Allen University since 2006. Prior to her appointment as President, she held positions as Chairperson for the Division of Humanities and Social Science, Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, and Executive Vice President.
Before arriving to Allen University, Dr. Wilson held faculty positions at Georgia Southern University in the Department of Writing and Linguistics (Statesboro, Georgia) and in the Department of Languages and Literature at Virginia State University (Petersburg, Virginia). She also worked as a teaching, research and administrative associate at The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio), and as a teaching and writing center assistant at Indiana State University (Terre Haute, Indiana).
As a Professor of English Dr. Wilson taught American Literature, African American Literature, Creative Writing, Business Communication, and Technical Writing. Her research interests are quantitative and qualitative in nature focusing specifically on statistical and critical analyses, ethnography, social research, case study, and empirical studies. Dr. Wilson’s research interests are also centered on African American discourse theory, feminist standpoint theory, composition theory, and pedagogy. Her courses are designed to aid in the exploration of the interrelationship of the writer/reader, the text, and the contexts in which the writing takes place or is interpreted.
A native of Blair, South Carolina and a 1988 honor graduate of Fairfield Central High School, Dr. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Communications from Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina; a Master of Arts in English and American Literature from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana.; and a Doctor of Philosophy in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition and a concentration in Business and Administrative Communication from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Wilson is the recipient of several honors and awards to include the Excellence in Teaching Award by South Carolina’s Independent Colleges and Universities. She is listed in Who’s Who among Teachers in American Colleges and Universities. She holds memberships in several professional organizations, such as the National Council of Teachers of English, the Association of Business Communication, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and the Modern Language Association. She is a member of the editorial review board of Readerly/Writerly Texts, a journal on literary, pedagogical, and composition theory.
She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and also is a member of multiple National and International Honor Societies, including Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Kappa Mu, Phi Kappa Phi, and Alpha Chi. Other active civic involvement includes the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, The World Affairs Council, South Carolina Association of Developing Colleges, South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Off-site Review Committee, Benedict-Allen Community Development Corporation, United Negro College Fund, Junior Achievement of South Carolina and the National Association For Equal Opportunity.
She is a six-year veteran of the South Carolina and Indiana Army National Guard and was assigned to the 114th Signal Communications Unit in Camden, SC and the 438th Chemical Unit in Terre Haute, Indiana.