- School of Public Health Anita Aldrich Distinguished Alumni Award (2013)
Jerry Wilkerson received her physical education bachelor's degree at Ohio University and went on to teach and coach in the Batavia, Ohio, public schools from 1966 to 1969. While at Batavia, she completed a master's degree in physical education at the University of Cincinnati and then accepted her first faculty appointment in higher education at Youngstown State University. Wilkerson continued her education earning her Ph.D. in human performance from Indiana University in 1978.
Wilkerson continued her career at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Texas Women's University in Denton, where she was chair of the Department of Kinesiology. In 2003, Wilkerson returned to IU as the executive associate dean for the School of Public Health. She retired in 2011 and was named professor emerita.