Carlow University Names Stephanie Wilsey, PhD, New Dean of the College of Leadership and Social Change

Stephanie Wilsey, PhD, was named dean of Carlow University’s College of Leadership and Social Change.

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Wilsey Will Begin New Position July 1; A Member of Carlow’s Faculty since 2007

Pittsburgh, Pa. –Following a national search, Stephanie A. Wilsey, PhD, professor of psychology, has been named dean of the College of Leadership and Social Change at Carlow University effective July 1, 2019. She has been serving as interim dean of the college since August 2018 and as a full-time faculty member at the institution since 2007.

“We believe we have an outstanding new dean who will play a vital role in leading the College of Leadership and Social Change through dynamic innovation in a rapidly changing time in higher education,” said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, president of Carlow University.

“Dr. Wilsey is the ideal choice for Carlow to lead the College of Leadership and Social Change as its next dean,” said Sibdas Ghosh, PhD, Carlow’s provost, in announcing the appointment. “Dr. Wilsey is a gifted scholar who managed the college effectively as interim Dean.  I have no doubt that, as a thoughtful leader, Dr. Wilsey will keep the college on the cutting edge of best practices in higher education including teaching, research and service.”

Prior to her appointment as interim dean, Wilsey served as professor and co-chair of Carlow’s undergraduate psychology program. In this capacity, she collaborated with colleagues to launch innovative, interdisciplinary programming in areas such as Crisis & Trauma, Child Development, and Behavioral Neuroscience. She also helped to launch Carlow’s accelerated Master of Science in Professional Counseling program. This model has been expanded in the College of Leadership & Social Change to now include accelerated pathways to the Master of Science in Fraud and Forensics, MBA, and Student Affairs programs.

She has also served for the past two years as co-director of the Carlow Compass, an innovative general education curriculum rooted in the liberal arts and the Catholic intellectual tradition. Under her leadership in this role, Carlow strengthened its writing curriculum and implemented onsite and online course options across all areas of the curriculum.

Wilsey has also been a leader in the area of experiential learning. As a scholar-practitioner with an interdisciplinary doctorate that emphasizes human development in educational contexts, her research investigates high-impact teaching practices and optimal ways to implement them, particularly for students from diverse backgrounds. She regularly co-presents and co-publishes with students at every level: undergraduate, masters, and doctoral.

Wilsey received a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in Applied Developmental Psychology, with a Quantitative Research Methodology minor. Her Bachelor of Science is in Pre-Professional Psychology from Geneva College. Dr. Wilsey was the recipient of Carlow’s Sisters of Mercy Award for Excellence in Advising in 2011.

“I look forward to working with the outstanding faculty, staff, and students in the College of Leadership and Social Change,” said Wilsey.  “I am excited to begin this new chapter at Carlow.”

Wilsey resides in Moon Twp., Pa.

### About Carlow University

Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow’s graduates, curricula, and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in three colleges: Health and Wellness, Leadership and Social Change, and Learning and Innovation. Carlow graduates are in demand for their professional expertise, in fields ranging from nursing, the sciences, and perfusion technology to counseling, education, and forensic accounting; their entrepreneurial spirit and creative mindset; and their ability to manage change.  Carlow’s 13 athletic teams are known as the Celtics, a reflection of the university’s Irish heritage and roots.

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