Elwin R Tilson

ELWIN R. TILSON,Elwin Tilson

Ed.D., R.T.(R)(M)(QM)(CT), FAEIRS

Professor of Radiologic and Imaging Sciences

EAC 610



Dr. Tilson began his career in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences (RIS) in the late 1960s. He earned his bachelor's degree in Radiologic Sciences from Arizona State University, his master's degree from San Francisco State University where he researched in relationship of education and radiation safety practices, and his doctorate from the University of Georgia where his research focused on the use of computers and computer screen design in education.

After seven years of full-time clinical practice, Dr. Tilson became a full-time faculty member but continued to be involved clinically with a specialization is trauma Computed Tomography. In 1982, he became the inaugural faculty member and head of the Department of Radiologic Sciences at Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA where he was Professor of Radiologic Sciences and grew the unit into 5 accredited RIS programs and an online degree program. Dr. Tilson’s research centered around radiation safety issues, improving the quality of professional education, and the impact of computers on professional education.

In 2015, Dr. Tilson became the Dean of Faculty at the University of Phoenix. After 3 years as Dean, he returned to his first love and joined the faculty at California State University Dominguez Hills in 2018 to start the first master’s degree in Radiologic & Imaging Sciences in California.

He has been very active professionally over the years and has held positions in professional societies including Chair of the Board for the international Association of Educations in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences (AEIRS), editor of the journal Radiologic Sciences & Education, chair of two Editorial Review Boards and is a Fellow of the AEIRS. He has publishing over 50 journal articles, made over 75 professional presentations, and co-authored two books and one computer program. Dr. Tilson also has supervised numerous thesis and dissertation research projects.

Selected publications and presentations:

Garduño, H, Tilson, E. R., & Clark, K. (2022 in press) Online resource utilization by radiography educators during COVID-19. Radiologic and Imaging Sciences., 26, 3.

Tilson, E. R. (2018) When good is not good enough. Radiologic and Imaging Sciences, 23, 3, 3-7.

Mattar, E. H, Tilson, E. R, & Sayed, M. G. (2013). A bibliometric analysis of radiologic technology (1963-2011). Radiologic Technology, 84(4), 421–428.

“Leadership development in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences”. Northwestern State University Guest Faculty Lecture. September 2021.

“A model for professional development in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences”. Association of Educators in Radiologic Sciences. Online international conference July 2021.

“Patient Education and Community Outreach by Radiation Therapy Educational Programs”. Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences international conference 2021.

“Faculty participate in a digital community of practice”. Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences international conference. Waikoloa, HI. 2019.

“The impact of a Digital Faculty Community on online faculty engagement and knowledge sharing: A pilot study” The XII International GUIDE Conference. Orlando, FL. February 2017.

Dr. Tilson has received the following honors:

  • Honors Lecturer at the 51st International Meeting of the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiological Sciences, 2018.
  • Selected as distinguished speaker for the 2nd Conference of the Saudi Society of Radiologic Technology in conjunction with the 2014 International Conference on Radiation Medicine. Saudi Arabia, February 2014.
  • Selected as “Distinguished Speaker” (keynote) for the 2012 International Conference on Radiation Medicine. Saudi Arabia, February 2012.
  • Research Poster Presentation selected as "Best Poster" at World Nuclear Medicine Conference, Seoul, South Korea, 2006.
  • Awarded "Distinguished Faculty Service to the Discipline" Award, 2006.
  • Fellow, Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiological Sciences, 2004.
  • Induced into Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Eta, and Upsilon Phi Delta honor societies.