Dr. Coleen Wilder
Associate Professor at Valparaiso University
Dr. Wilder began her career as a mathematics teacher in the public schools. Soon after, she was recruited by local industry to participate on the front lines of the computer revolution. She started her new career as a programmer in the steel industry and finished as the highest-ranking woman in the company, managing all its technology needs. Dr. Wilder’s love of teaching brought her back to academia; this time as a professor at a small private institution, Valparaiso University.
During her tenure, she has made a difference in curriculum offerings, service, and the school’s Beta Gamma Sigma chapter. She added an Analytics major to the curriculum for undergraduate students and quickly followed by changing the focus of Operations to Supply Chain to be consistent with industry demands. She received an Outstanding Public Service award from the University’s Fraternity and Sorority community for her work with Engineers Without Borders and her numerous disaster relief trips. She was twice nominated for the University’s Distinguished Teaching award and during Women’s History Month was described as "a role model who spent her career breaking gender barriers and inspiring her students to make the most of their talents." Every year, she tries to add something new to the Beta Gamma Sigma chapter activities. This focus on continuous improvement, has increased the society’s presence in the College of Business, the University, and the community.
Dr. Wilder earned her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, majoring in Mathematics. She earned her MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in Finance and Statistics and finally she earned her PhD from Illinois Institute of Technology in Management Science.