William Woods University recently promoted one faculty member and granted tenure to another.
Dr. Carrie McCray was promoted to associate professor of American Sign Language interpreting. Granted tenure was Dr. Elizabeth Wilson, associate professor and director of the social work program and doctoral faculty.
McCray, a Fulton resident, also serves as associate dean of academic assessment in addition to her teaching responsibilities. She has taught at the university since 2005. Before that, she was the staff interpreter and coordinator of the Office of Disability Services on campus for eight years. She also was an adjunct faculty member for two years.
In 2007, she received the Louis D. Beaumont Dad’s Association Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award.
McCray earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and ASL interpreting and a Master of Education degree at WWU. She earned her doctorate at the University of Missouri in 2013.
She is certified by the MICS (Missouri Interpreter Certification System) at the Comprehensive level (2001) and licensed by the State of Missouri at the Comprehensive Level.
McCray has been a board member of the State Committee of Interpreters since 2000 and served as chair in 2011-2012. The committee oversees licensing of all interpreters in the state and regulates ethical behavior.
She also is a member of the CIT Conference of Interpreter Trainers since 2005. She was a board member of Midwest L.E.A.D. Institute, 2003-2006, and a member of AHEAD (Association of Higher Education and Disability) in 2004.
McCray and her husband, Chuck, have three children, Rylee Paige, Ellie Addison and Ty Garrett. Her parents are Joe and Carolyn Houk of Fairview, Okla.
Wilson joined the William Woods faculty in 2007 and received the Louis D. Beaumont Dad’s Association Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 2009.
She currently serves as the chair of the curriculum committee, the university institutional review board and the university HLC committee. She is a core faculty member of the Missouri Victim Services Academy, through the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Office of Victims of Crime.
Prior to William Woods she was a clinical instructor for the University Of Missouri School Of Social Work for six years. She received the Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award from the MU School of Social Work Alumni Association in 2007 and won the College of Human Environmental Sciences Outstanding Faculty Service Award in 2006.
Before joining the MU faculty, Wilson was a crime victim specialist for the Boone County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for seven years. She also served as a mental health worker at Charter Hospital, a juvenile court program aide at the Boone County Juvenile Justice Center and a program assistant at Rainbow House Emergency Shelter.
Wilson earned a Bachelor of Educational Studies degree, a Master of Social Work degree and a Ph.D., all at the University of Missouri. She and her husband, Jon, live in Columbia and have three children, Riley, Lindy and Benjamin.