Dr. Rebecca Wilson


When students can apply what they've learned in class to their everyday life, that's real learning. Dr. Rebecca Wilson , Psychology Instructor , The Art Institute of Raleigh–Durham, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

I always knew I wanted to help people. When I took my first psychology class, I decided that was the field for me. Then, when I taught my first class in 2001, I knew this was my passion.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

I try to make the learning come to life in my classroom. I share real-world examples to help students apply what they learn to their own lives. My goal is to help Culinary, Graphic Design, and Photography students apply psychological concepts to their chosen field.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

One assignment I use is a Personality Inventory that directly relates to students’ career choice. Each student takes a personality test; the results help them see which career is their best match. That’s the “light bulb moment” where students understand how psychology impacts their studies.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

I assign team projects where students work in groups to come up with a solution. They seek out students from various programs to solve problems and to add the value of others’ critical thinking.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

I try to provide my students the tools to be successful in their careers—including professional conduct. I support the motto “Classroom to Career.”

Anything else you’d like to share?

I believe learning is a social process. When students can apply what they’ve learned in class to their everyday life, that’s real learning.