Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Location: Frederic, Wisconsin, United States
Carolyn E. Wedin, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.
Utilizing more than five decades of industry experience, Dr. Wedin is a prominent educator and author who most recently served the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater as a professor from 1966 until attaining emeritus status in 1996. Prior to this illustrious role, she taught at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, from 1964 to 1966, where she was one of the first instructors to introduce black literature into the school curriculum. She commenced her career as a teaching and editorial assistant of the Modern Drama Magazine at the University of Kansas from 1961 to 1964.
Alongside her primary career endeavors, Dr. Wedin served as an instructor at AT&T State University and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, from 1966 to 1969, having subsequently held an interim appointment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1974 to 1975 and again from 1980 to 1981. Holding the same role at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden from 1985 to 1986, she notably acted as a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Silesia in Poland from 1991 to 1992 and a Fulbright Roving Scholar in Norway from 1996 to 1997. Most recently, she has been serving the University of Lund in Sweden as a lecturer of community education writing and literature since 2002, having previously taught American literature from 2000 to 2001.
Dr. Wedin holds a Bachelor of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College, a Master of Arts from the University of Kansas and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin. Throughout her career, she has contributed myriad articles to professional journals, newspapers and encyclopedias, as well as authored multiple books in her field. Most recently, she penned “Teacher Step Outside” in 2017, having previously written “Lands of the Suspended Sun” in 2017,” “Inheritors of the Spirit: Mary White Ovington and the Founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People” in 1997, and “Letters and Reflections from Poland” in 1993, among others.
As a testament to her success, Dr. Wedin has accrued several accolades. A fellow of the Institute for Research in the Humanities through the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1988 to 1989, she was named among Wisconsin Women Leaders by the American Association of University Women in 1987. Likewise, she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow through the Woodrow Wilson Foundation from 1961 to 1963, having subsequently been a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow from the foundation from 1975 to 1976. Notably, she has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in the Midwest.
The proud mother of three children and six grandchildren, Dr. Wedin enjoys gardening, biking, painting, sawing, baking, writing, reading and walking in her spare time. In addition, she enjoys lending her time as the treasurer of Alternative Directions, Inc., a role she has held since 1973.
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