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Sterling Wall


Experience and Interests

Teaching Experiences

  • Full Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences, UW-Stevens Point (2002-present)

Research Interests

  • Marital Quality
  • Diversity Experience & Human Development
  • Emotional Intelligence

Professional Experience

  • Wisconsin Council on Family Relations (WICFR): Founding board member, past president, board member at large.
  • Specialized Foster Care Provider
  • Co-Owner “Tomorrows Leaders” youth leadership development enterprise



  • Adviser – Child Life Association of Stevens Point (CLASP)


  • Specialized Foster Care Provider

Professional Memberships

  • National Council on Family Relations (1997-present)
  • Wisconsin Council on Family Relations (2010-present)
  • WICFR President (2017-2018)

Presentations and Publications

  • Li, C., & Wall, S., Loy, M., & Schoonaert, K. (2012). Supporting international faculty: Perspectives of a tiger teacher who adapted to the American classroom, a colleague, and an administrator. To Improve the Academy, 31, 247-260.

Fun Facts

Last book you read?

Top 3 books: Unbroken, Born to Run, Eating With the Enemy

Best advice you ever received?

Find a good enough idea [not necessarily the best one], and then make it work.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Rancher … I still have photos of my TWO ‘famous’ bull rides … when I was 18.

Favorite Quote?

“Any fool can learn from their own mistakes, a wise person learns from the mistakes of others.” – Baron Otto Von Bismarck
or…. “A life changing experience is only a life changing experience… if you change your life” – Me!!! 🙂

One thing about your school that you are most proud of?

  • Innovation in the face of adversity.
  • Developed Child Life Specialist track.
  • We are the absolute KINGS of short-term service learning abroad trips (e.g. China, Mexico, Romania, Nicaragua…)

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Variety, opportunity, to get out and apply it to the world with peers at conferences, or students while serving in foreign countries and cultures.

A piece of advice for students in your school?

Join the student orgs, we have the BEST in the nation and awards to prove it!!! And … go on one of our diversity service learning trips. LIFE CHANGING!!!

Sterling Wall
Professor - Family and Consumer Sciences
Coordinator - Child Life Specialist Program

207 College of Professional Studies


Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies
Auburn University, 2003

M.A. in Counseling and Human Services
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, 1997

B.A. in Economics
Brigham Young University, 1993


FCS 295 - Professional Development & Ethics
HD 367 - Intentional Intimacy
HD 372 - Family Financial Management
HD 386 - Family Resource Management
HD 395 - Research
FCS 444 - Helping Relationships
COL 710 - Organization and Program Management