Education

She has a B.A. from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and an M.Div. from Pacific School of Religion where she was a North American Ministerial Fellow.

Courses Taught

Duffy Community Parnerships, Soc. 285

Practical Approaches to Social Problems, Soc. 150

Engaging the World of Work, IDST 210

Doing the Right Thing Well: Experiments in Ethical and Effective Leadership, IDST 315

Research Interests

Community-Based Learning

Social problems, community organization and development

Carol Wickersham


Instructor of Sociology, Director of Community-Based Learning


  wickersh@beloit.edu   (608) 363-2023   Career and Community Engagement Center
  • Carol Wickersham head shot
    Jadon Good Photography

Carol Wickersham serves the College half-time as an Instructor in Sociology and half-time as Director of Community-Based Learning in the Career and Community Engagement Center. Her work in both realms connects students and faculty with opportunities, skills and resources to extend their learning beyond the traditional classroom. As an Instructor in the Sociology Department, she directs the Beloit College Duffy Community Partnerships, as well as other courses.

Carol has worked with students and colleagues to publish research on the “what”, “how”, and “why” of community-based learning. She catalyzes partnerships and equips students to respectfully engage across cultures and contexts. Helping students apply their sociological imagination to understand and address social issues, deepen their learning and practice professional skills is at the hear of Carol’s work. Her commitment to community-based learning grows out of scholarship, community involvement and leadership in faith-based and secular social justice advocacy and community organizing. She has worked at the local, national, and grassroots level, including serving as one of the founders of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Carol currently serves as a Chaplain with the Rock County Jail Chaplaincy and as a member of the County’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, and is also a board member of Family Services of Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. She is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church, USA.

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