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LuAnn Wilkerson, Ed.D.


Ed.D., Education
University of Massachusetts, Amherst


LuAnn Wilkerson, Ed.D., is associate dean for evaluation and faculty development and professor of medical education at Dell Medical School, where her responsibilities include program evaluation, assessment of learning and enhancement of teaching capacities across the medical education continuum.

Her educational research interests include assessment of clinical performance, problem-based learning and the evaluation of outcomes of curricular innovations. She is regularly involved in facilitating faculty development workshops on enhancing teaching, learning and assessment as well as mentoring individual faculty members in building careers as medical educators. Wilkerson is also a clinical professor of educational psychology in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin.

Since completing her doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Wilkerson has become a national leader in medical education, serving elected roles in the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the American Educational Research Association. Through her publications, presentations and workshops, she has assisted thousands of medical school faculty members in the study and improvement of teaching and learning with a special focus on the challenges of clinical teaching, the implementation of student-centered educational methods and the promotion of humanistic care.

Wilkerson has received numerous medical education and teaching awards including the national Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from the AAMC and the AOA Society in 2011, the Daniel C. Tosteson Award for Leadership in Medical Education from Harvard Medical School in 2006, and the Merrill Flair Award for outstanding contributions to the field of medical education from the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Educational Affairs in 2005.

Prior to coming to Dell Medical School, Wilkerson was senior associate dean for medical education and director of the Center for Educational Development and Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, for more than 20 years. Earlier in her career, she served as the director of faculty development at Harvard Medical School, where she contributed to the design, implementation and evaluation of the innovative New Pathway curriculum, including development of the teaching portfolio concept for the promotion of clinician-educators.

Professional Affiliations
  • Liaison Committee for Medical Education
    National Committee Member, 2011-2017
  • American Educational Research Association
    Vice President, Education in the Professions, 2012-2015
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
    Chair, Group on Educational Affairs, 1999
  • Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education
Awards & Honors
  • Distinguished Career Award
    American Educational Research Association, 2012
  • AOA Distinguished Teacher Award
    Association of American Medical Colleges, 2011
  • Daniel C. Tosteson Award for Leadership in Medical Education
    Harvard Medical School, 2006
  • Merrill Flair Award
    Association of American Medical Colleges, 2005
  • Excellence in Education Award
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 1998