Roberta Wilburn, Ed.D., Th.D.
Director, Graduate Studies in Education
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: (509) 777-4603
Office Location: Dixon Hall
Roberta Wilburn joined the Whitworth faculty in July 2007 after having taught and administered programs in higher education for 27 years. Prior to coming to Whitworth, her college teaching experiences included Delaware State University, Howard University, The University of Memphis, LeMoyne-Owen College, and Jacksonville Theological Seminary.
Wilburn has taught courses in special education, early childhood, portfolio development, multicultural education, international studies, Christian counseling, and theology. She is an advocate for children and families and has worked in many community-based programs related to teen-pregnancy prevention, early intervention, and child abuse. She has a passion for empowering churches and the people of God for active Christian service, and is currently working on writing several publications on these topics.
Wilburn has traveled to Africa, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Virgin Islands and Canada. Her international efforts include fostering international partnerships between colleges in the United States and other countries, developing international development and service-learning projects, as well as establishing study-abroad experiences for college students.
She is married to James Wilburn, Jr., former mayor of Sunset, Ark., and they have three children. Daughters Angelica and Cherie are following in Wilburn's footsteps in pursuing careers in counseling and the helping professions in Memphis, Tenn., while son James III is working on his master’s degree in the health sciences at Wayne State University, in Detroit. Grandson Jaydon is exploring the wonders of being an inquisitive preschooler and bringing a smile to everyone with whom he comes in contact.