Assistant Professor, microbiology
Program director, general studies
brockton hospital school of nursing
Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital
680 Centre Street, Brockton, MA 02302
A.B., Biology, Emmanuel College
- Post baccalaureate work, Biology, Bridgewater State University
- Post baccalaureate work, Framingham State University
Professor Wilcox joined the Fisher College community in 1990. Her assignment was to develop and teach a microbiology course at the Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing site. Since her previous experiences in teaching involved curriculum development and her graduate work concentrated on cellular biology, the position at Fisher College was a perfect fit with her knowledge, skills, and interests. During her years at Fisher College, Prof. Wilcox’s role has evolved from a part time adjunct instructor to Assistant Professor, Microbiology/Program Director, General Studies at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing (SH/BHSN).
Working with colleagues at SH/BHSN, Professor Wilcox has developed a Peer Tutoring program to serve the needs of at-risk students. The program has provided academic and emotional benefits for the students seeking support, as well as, the students working as tutors. These findings were presented at the National League for Nursing Educational Summit and the Elsevier Faculty Development Conference. Currently, Prof. Wilcox and her nursing school colleagues are preparing the Peer Tutoring program application for accreditation by the National Tutoring Association.
The first time I saw the double helix of the DNA molecule - I was hooked. Science became my passion. As an undergraduate student, I studied both biology and chemistry as a double major. I had every intention of pursuing a career in medical research until I discovered that I enjoyed sharing my passion for science as much as I enjoyed pursuing it! My desire to teach has led me on a remarkable journey. My adventures have included sharing my passion for biology and physical science with high school students, zoology and botany with kindergarteners and anatomy and physiology and microbiology with nursing students. My philosophy of teaching has been shaped by these diverse – and always active - classroom experiences. I believe that if you teach with passion, your students will want to learn. Enthusiasm is contagious and there is no greater joy than when a student "gets it"! I believe that if you show your students that they matter - to you, the class, the College community, and their world - they will develop the confidence to become lifelong, self-directed learners.