Dr. Suzanne M. Wilson is a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University (MSU), where she currently serves as Chair and Professor in the Department of Teacher Education. Prior to joining the faculty at MSU, she was the first director of the Teacher Assessment Project (PI, Lee Shulman), which developed prototype assessments for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Dr. Wilson is a committed teacher, having taught undergraduate, MA, and doctoral classes in educational policy, teacher learning, and research methods. She has directed 25 dissertations, and served as a committee member on another 50.
While at Michigan State, Dr. Wilson has collaborated on several large-scale research projects, including the National Center for Research on Teacher Education, the Educational Policy and Practice Study, and the National Partnership for Excellence and Accountability in Teaching. She has written on teacher knowledge, curriculum reform, educational policy, and teacher learning. Dr. Wilson is currently co-PI on Learning science as inquiry with the Urban Advantage: Formal-informal collaborations to increase science literacy and student learning, a collaboration with Urban Advantage, a professional development program offered throughout NYC in which she is investigating what teachers learn from opportunities to engage in secondary science research.
Dr. Wilson’s current work concerns exploring various measures of teaching and teachers’ understanding that might be used for teacher education and education research, as well as a study of the contemporary and jurisdictional battles over who should control teacher education and licensure. She has been published inAmerican Educator, American Educational Research Journal, Educational Researcher, Elementary School Journal, Journal of Teacher Education, Phi Delta Kappan, and Teaching Education. Dr. Wilson is the author of California Dreaming: Reforming Mathematics Education (Yale, 2003), and editor of Lee Shulman’s collection of essays, Wisdom of practice: Essays on teaching, learning, and learning to teach (Jossey-Bass, 2004. She holds an undergraduate degree is in history and American Studies from Brown University, and a MS in statistics and a PhD in psychological studies in education from Stanford University.