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Being part of the effort to bring personal computing to campus, and working with departments to integrate technology into the classroom are among Diana Wilson’s proudest accomplishments as a longtime faculty member at the University of Central Missouri. She retired in December 2006 as professor emeriti of instructional technology.
As technology changed the face of higher education, Wilson played a role in helping educators to learn how to implement technology to their advantage. Her initial affiliation with UCM came in 1981 as a faculty member in the library, where she promoted a better understanding of microcomputers. Her work continued as media specialist in the library and instructor for extended campus, 1983-1985. Under her direction, the first campus wide computer center was established in the library.
In 1996, Wilson became assistant professor and coordinator of the educational/instructional technology program, where she implemented the master’s degree in educational technology. She was promoted to associate professor in 2001, taking on duties that included serving as an adviser for master’s degree candidates, supervising the internship for educational technology master’s degree students and the practicum for students seeking an instructional technology minor.
Wilson was involved in numerous committees at the department, college and university levels, and was active in a variety of professional organizations. She is a former president of the Missouri Association for Educational Communications and Technology.
Her education includes an associate degree in art education from Crowder College, Neosho; Bachelor’s degree in art education from Fort Hays Kansas State College, Hays, KS; master’s degree in instructional media from the University of Missouri-Columbia; and doctorate in computer education from Kansas State University, Manhattan.