Data-based decision maker.
S. Kathleen Krach, Ph.D., NCSP
Educational Psychology & Learning Systems
Florida State University
1114 West Call Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306
In my 20-year journey as both student and faculty member, I have worked in higher education settings across several states and Carnegie levels (e.g., teaching, research, etc.). In these positions, I have experience with best practices when working at multi-site campuses and through the use of distance / hybrid education. I began this work as the Coordinator of Distance Education for the University of Georgia while still a student. Then, I developed multi-media software for teaching interactive skills to medical personnel while at Texas A&M. As an associate professor, I went on to develop a distance-education-based Educational Specialist program for Troy University in the field of School Psychology. Finally, in my current position, I teach hybrid courses and mentor other faculty members in the use of distance education design.
My doctoral work and dissertation focused extensively on social justice issues. In addition to social justice work, I held positions as an instructional designer and distance education coordinator for two separate universities. I instructed faculty on the use of the earliest technology-based tools to use for teaching either online or in a hybrid classroom. Because of my experiences at these technology jobs, I value the effective use of technology-based teaching tools. Therefore, in addition to basic technologies such as podcasts and discussion boards, I have been using more advanced technology such as a mixed-reality simulator (a 3-D, life-size, interactive, virtual classroom) in my own university classes. As a result, at FSU I was nominated for an innovation in teaching award.
Currently, I am faculty at Florida State University (FSU) in the Educational Psychology and Learning Sciences (EPLS) Department. EPLS houses a NASP-approved school psychology program, a CACREP-approved clinical mental health counseling program, and an APA-approved Ph.D. program. I am affiliated and/or core faculty in all three of these programs. Prior to working at FSU, I was an associate professor at Troy University, where I was the program coordinator for the school psychology and school psychometry programs. I was also co-listed as faculty in the counseling programs. Before working at either Troy or FSU, I was an assistant professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). I was co-listed there as well, as faculty in both the School Psychology and the Learning and Technology programs. As such, I helped develop two new Ph.D. programs: one in School Psychology and one in Learning and Technology. The experience of working as faculty across multiple programs demonstrates my strong desire for inter-departmental collaboration.