Notable Leaders in Higher Education: Kathy Kramer

Class of 2023

  • Category: Notable Leaders in Higher Education
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 30
  • Undergrad degree/university: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Major: Elementary Education, Minor: Music (1983)
  • Graduate degree/university: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, M.S., Major: Special Education, Emphasis: Transition (1993 ); Aurora University, Ed.D., Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction (2015)

Kathy Kramer, Ed.D., began her career in an elementary school classroom and for nearly 40 years has worked in educational and human services settings. 

Since 2000, she has served as a faculty member in the education department at Carroll University in Waukesha. 

While serving as the director of graduate education, Kramer helped launch Carroll’s master’s in teaching degree, an accelerated program that prepares those who have a bachelor’s degree, regardless of discipline, to become qualified teachers in 17 months.  

In 2020, Kramer became the founding dean of the School of Education and Human Services, leading efforts around curriculum development, programming and partnership cultivation.

In 2021, Kramer facilitated the launch of Continuous and Lifelong Learning, a credentials program offering courses at the intersection of the liberal arts and rapidly changing workforce needs. These credentials focus on equity, access and inclusion. Topics include community-centered public safety, animal-assisted interventions and dyslexia intervention.   

Also in 2021, Carroll launched its master’s in behavioral health psychology program, which is partnering with the City of Waukesha to form a behavioral health responder training program.

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