UW-Superior names Wendy Kropid assistant dean of educator preparation programs
The University of Wisconsin-Superior has appointed Wendy Kropid to serve as assistant dean of educator preparation programs through June 2023. Kropid, currently serving in this role in an interim appointment, has displayed leadership in the oversight and administration of programs that lead to licensure through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
“In her short time in this position, Wendy has forged deep connections with DPI and provided excellent support and leadership in the development and submission of new program authorization reports in collaboration with departments across campus,” said Nicholas Danz, dean of academic affairs and graduate studies at UW-Superior. “We are truly fortunate to have Wendy in this leadership in this position.”
A faculty member at UW-Superior since 1996, Kropid has been a stalwart in educational programming as well as multiple roles in faculty governance.
“It is truly an honor to be able to continue serving our education programs in this role,” said Kropid. “I am so very proud of the cross-campus team and their dedication to providing high quality preparation for teachers, administrators and counselors that serve the schools in our region and throughout Wisconsin. It is their support and hard work that allows success in this position.”
Kropid has provided administrative leadership, guidance, and advocacy for all university undergraduate and graduate academic programs leading to Wisconsin educator licensing, including those in teacher education, education administration, special education, and school counseling. Kropid also facilitated composition and submission of UW-Superior educator preparation program documents and reports to the Wisconsin DPI for program re-approval.
“As we move forward in strengthening our education programs in line with new DPI licensure requirements, we will engage closely with our colleagues in the K-12 schools to identify their professional development needs and recommendations for our programs,” said Kropid. “It is a joy to work with past program graduates in particular as they provide feedback and hands-on mentoring to help prepare our education students and their future colleagues for roles in the schools.”
Kropid earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with secondary education from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degree in teaching and teacher education from the University of Arizona’s College of Education.