Dean, Graduate Studies and Lifelong Learning, Associate Professor
Missouri Southern State University – Joplin, Missouri
Dr. Kroll-Wheeler graduated from the University of West Florida in 2001 with a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Education Management. Since graduation she has held the positions of Director, Associate Dean, and currently Dean within traditional, for-profit, and military education institutions including: the Texas A&M University System, Arizona Western Community College, the Command and Control Warrior School, Education Management Corporation, and is currently the Dean of Graduate Studies and Lifelong Learning at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO.
In her current position she is responsible for the leadership, strategic planning, organization, budgeting, development, implementation, direction, and evaluation of the efficiency and financial sustainability of numerous graduate level on-campus education programs as well as the University’s undergraduate and graduate online, dual credit, off-campus face-to-face, and continuing education programs; and is responsible for a large number of articulation and partnerships agreements with institutions across the state of Missouri.
“I owe my success to the University of West Florida. Not only has UWF provided me with the knowledge and tools that I needed to be successful in my career, but the interactions with each of my professors, and especially my advisor, prepared me for working life in the real-world of higher education. I am very thankful for the one-on-one attention and dedication I received throughout my UWF experience. The UWF faculty and staff really took their time to get to know me and help me focus on my individual goals both in and outside of the classroom. I would not be where I am today had it not been for the relationships I developed during my doctoral program. "