Dr. Katie Krammer wins double awards at LEC and Gallaudet University


On May 10, 2018, Dr. Katie Krammer faced a unique scheduling conflict – where does one go when being honored with two awards on the same day?

In this case, Dr. Krammer was unable to accept the Lake Erie College Dean’s Pillar Award in person. Instead, she found herself on the flight home from Washington, D.C., having just accepted the Outstanding External Collaboration Award from Gaullaudet University Graduate School.

It comes as no surprise that Dr. Krammer received both honors. An associate professor of special education, the long-time educator has achieved success as an expert and advocate for the special needs community, launching LEC’s mild-moderate intervention specialist licensure program and undergraduate license programs and serving on various autism-related advisory boards.

Her achievements at LEC are what earned her the Dean’s Pillar Award, a recognition reserved for a full-time faculty member who represents the College’s three pillars: tradition, excellence and service. The award also acknowledges recipients for their dedication to their academic discipline and their passion, creativity, and care in guiding future generations.  

These characteristics are evident in Dr. Krammer’s work at Gaullaudet University as well, a private institution of learning, teaching and research for deaf and hard of hearing students. Dr. Krammer has served as an online adjunct faculty member in Gallaudet’s department of education since 2011, when it began offering a graduate certificate program in educating deaf students with disabilities.

Due to her connection to Gallaudet, she recently traveled to Nigeria to attend the commissioning of a school geared toward all people who are deaf or hard of hearing, have visual, physical or developmental disabilities, or have autism spectrum disorders.

At the Graduate Awards and Hooding Ceremony, dean of the Graduate School and Continuing Studies Dr. Gaurav Mathur presented Dr. Krammer with her award, designated “for an individual who has provided exemplary support to Gallaudet University's Graduate School over a substantial period of time.”

“Katie is a leader in the field of special education who brings a wealth of knowledge from her diverse teaching experiences, past coursework and life as a mother of two children with disabilities,” he said. “Her students rave about the breadth and depth of her content knowledge, her skillful design of online course content and her ability to create meaningful learning opportunities for students.”

Dr. Mathur continued, saying, “Faculty frequently seek her input on curriculum matters, from updating admissions requirements to supporting program accreditation. Students and faculty alike are grateful for her commitment to Gallaudet University.”

Dr. Krammer’s award nomination noted she engages in the field of special education with love and enthusiasm. Lake Erie College is very proud of her accomplishments.

For more information about her work, contact Dr. Katie Krammer at ckrammer@lec.edu or 440-375-7381.

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