Roy Wilson


Now semi-retired, Roy Wilson formerly served on the Editorial Board of The Society for Modeling & Simulation International Newsletter and was a peer reviewer for the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social System Simulation. Between 2001 and 2010, Roy published several conference and peer-reviewed journal papers related to simulation, small groups, and education.

From 2001 through 2006, he worked on several projects (one funded by the National Science Foundation) at the Learning Research and Development Center of the University of Pittsburgh. In 2005, the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies (in the School of Education) at the University of Pittsburgh awarded him the Ph.D. degree. In the 1990s, he taught several courses at Carnegie Mellon University in the history of computing while earning a Master’s degree in History and Policy. In the 1980s, Roy earned a Master’s degree in Humanities from the University of Colorado and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Denver University (Colorado). After consulting to small insurance businesses, he was an applied mathematician on several national intelligence programs that required employees to hold an (above) Top Secret security clearance. In the 1970s, he earned a Master’s degree in mathematics from Denver University and a Bachelor’s degree (majoring in both mathematics and philosophy) from Metropolitan State College (now University) of Denver (Colorado). In 1968, he left South High School without a diploma.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Denver, Colorado. If this influenced my writing, I'm not sure how. If anything, it probably reduced my enthusiasm. At the time, Denver was thought of by many as a 'cow-town' with all the narrowness of interest that suggests.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am writing a series of books. The series is entitled: MULLING OVER SCHOOL AND LIFE. In the second, just published, (wee) volume entitled THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND, just published, I look at "internal conversation" - conversations we have with ourselves about ourselves. I introduce the reader to a set of film characters and actual people who tend to practice reflexivity in one of four ways (or who could not be so classified). I then introduce the reader to the participants of my study: self-selected members of the South Denver (Colorado) High School class of 1968. I conclude by considering whether the dominant kind of reflexivity practiced by the participants helps explain their current social status.
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The Windmills of Your Mind
Series: Mulling Over School and Life, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,040. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Aims & objectives, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Are you someone who “thinks things over?” Do you have conversations with yourself, silently in your head? If so, you are a practitioner of reflexivity. I use "classic" American films to describe four types of reflexivity. After introducing thirty-nine persons from the South Denver High School class of 1968, I ask if their type of reflexivity is related to the level of social status they reached.
Some Will Win, Some Will Lose (and Some are Born to Sing the Blues)
Series: Mulling Over School and Life, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,200. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Philosophy & social aspects
This book considers the following questions that anyone might ask at one or more points in their life. Will I be a success? Am I a success? Was I a success? The intended audience consists of (primarily) the general reader who is interested in education and (secondarily) the student of schooling, who is often an aspiring, current or former teacher.

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