Visit by Finalist for Commonwealth Honors College Dean Rescheduled

Laurie Kramer

Laurie Kramer, associate dean for academic programs in the college of agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences and professor of applied family studies in the department of human and community development at the University of Illinois, is a finalist for dean of Commonwealth Honors College. She was scheduled to give a presentation to the campus community on Feb. 18 but was unable to make it due to the inclement weather. She will give her presentation Monday, Feb. 24 at 3:15 p.m. in 174-76 Campus Center.

As associate dean at Illinois since 2007, she has led a variety of college and campus initiatives, including growing undergraduate enrollment (15 percent); expanding access to larger numbers of underrepresented students (21 percent); raising merit scholarships through private and corporate partnerships (from $1 million to $3 million per year); creating a campus-wide minor in leadership studies; developing innovative curriculum for education abroad, undergraduate research, service learning and honors programs; reformulating campus supports for innovation in teaching and learning, and promoting faculty development in teaching and advising.

Kramer earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stony Brook University in 1976 and her master’s in experimental psychology in 1978. Following a residency at Northwestern University Medical School’s Institute of Psychiatry and the Family Institute of Chicago, she earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois in 1989. Kramer’s research and teaching programs center on children’s sibling relationships, and family stress and coping. She was the founding director of the Family Resiliency Center (FRC) at the University of Illinois, which enhances the well-being of children, youth and families through interdisciplinary research, education and outreach. In addition to helping secure private funding for the FRC, which included a new building, an endowed chair position, faculty research support, and graduate fellowships, she launched a set of collaborative cross-campus research, educational and service initiatives that now enjoy federal and foundation grant support. Her dedication to excellence in higher education has been rewarded with the USDA Food and Agriculture Sciences Excellence in College and University Teaching Award, North Central Region (2004) and with the Teacher Fellow Award, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (2005). In 2013, the Mom’s Association of the University of Illinois presented her with the Medallion of Honor. She currently serves as president of the Illinois chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honorary society and national program chair of LEAD-21

Her CV can be found at https://www.umass.edu/provost/node/169