Dr. Laurie Kramer of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), University of Illinois, has received international recognition for meritorious service to higher education. She was presented the 2015 Distinguished Educator Award, a premier honor bestowed by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) organization.
As ACES Associate Dean for Academic Programs since 2007, Dr. Kramer has been instrumental in efforts of the College to serve high-quality students, offer innovative educational experiences, and promote student diversity and enrichment. Her support in engaging skilled, dedicated teachers has been central to those efforts.
Consistently rated by students as an excellent teacher, she is a member of the Academy for Excellence in Teaching in the College of ACES. She received the Young Faculty Award of Excellence in Teaching from the College in 1994 and the Spitler Teaching Award in 2001. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recognized her with the Food and Agriculture Sciences Excellence in College and University Teaching Award for the North Central Region in 2004.
Dr. Kramer is also a professor of applied family studies in the Department of Human and Community Development, as well as a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois. Courses in family interactions, transitions, conflict, and mental health are among those she has taught. She was the founding director of the Family Resiliency Center and The Pampered Chef Family Resiliency Program at U of I. The program is aimed at enhancing the well-being of children, youth and families through multidisciplinary research, education and outreach.
NACTA advances the scholarship of teaching and learning in agricultural, environmental, natural and life sciences. It represents educators in these subject areas at colleges and universities throughout North America.