Faculty and Staff

Dr. Iris Wilkinson

Iris Wilkinson

Dr. Iris Wilkinson is currently a Professor. Iris played a major lead in creating the department and served as its chairperson for 12 years. Wilkinson received both her doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration and her Master's degree in Counseling from the University of Kansas. She served as Secretary for the Board of Directors of the Council on Standards in Human Service Education. She was a member of the Board of Directors for the National Organization for Human Service Education for eight years. Dr. Wilkinson worked with alcohol and drug abuse professionals in Russia for over 5 years at the Post-Graduate Institute for Medical and Emergency Problems in the Department of Narcology and Psychotherapy with the Ministry of Health, in part through a Fulbright Scholarship. She was instrumental in establishing the online program for the department and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Distance Education at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Wilkinson is Past- President of the International Coalition of Addiction Studies Education. Wilkinson is also a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor. She has completed a Certificate in Morita Therapy and is currently working toward national certification as a Poetry Therapist with the National Federation of Biblio/Poetry Therapists. She leads a creative writing group at the Douglas County Jail and a therapeutic writing group at First Step House at Lakeview in Lawrence, Kansas. She is also collaborating with Dr. Sharon Sullivan from the WU Theater Department to help the women at the Topeka Correctional Facility create a performance piece. Feel free to contact her by e-mail at iris.wilkinson@washburn.edu or by phone at (785) 670-1536.