It has been said that teaching is the profession that creates all other professions, just as chemical elements are the building block for all other things. Joe Wilson could tell you a bit about both teaching and chemistry, and much, much more.
Surprised during his 9 a.m. General Chemistry II class on April 1, by faculty, colleagues and campus administrators, Wilson was presented with the 2015 St. Louis Community College-Forest Park Teacher of the Year Award in front of his students. The annual award for teaching excellence is chosen by peers and students.
“I am beyond honored and humbled by this award. I am grateful to STLCC-Forest Park for the opportunities it has given me these past five years that I have been here,” Wilson said. “I knew the day I interviewed for this position that the students here were special. As I walked through campus to my interviewing location, students were friendly, and I could see that they were really studying.”
Wilson has been making a difference at STLCC-Forest Park since he arrived. He has taught chemistry classes – fundamental, general and organic – since 2010, and has been actively involved on campus academic, faculty, staff and student committees. He formed the Chemistry Club, and is the adviser of the chapter now affiliated with the American Chemical Society. In 2014, his hazardous waste treatment document to make STLCC science laboratories safer was named the campus Innovation of the Year.
“We have a wonderful Science department here at Forest Park, and it keeps getting better. My colleagues both in the Science department and around the campus are wonderful,” Wilson said. “I am very proud of the quality of teachers we have at Forest Park, and I am sure that has a lot to do with the great students that come here.”
Wilson graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) in 1991 with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and psychology, minoring in biological sciences. He earned a master’s degree in chemistry (organic synthesis) from SIUE in 1994, and a second master’s degree in chemistry (physical organic) in 2011 from University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). He received his doctorate in chemistry (physical organic) from UMSL in 2014.