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Kramer, Dennis Allan

Kramer_II_DennisAssistant Professor
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

College of Education
University of Florida
200E Norman Hall
PO Box 117049
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-273-4315
Fax: 352-846-2697

Research Biography

Dr. Kramer serves as an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and the Associate Director of the UF’s Institute for Higher Education. His prior research has focused on the economics of higher education, the evaluation of federal and state policy adoption, and impact of state decision on community and four-year institutions. Dr. Kramer specializes in the adaptation of advanced quantitative measures to education-based policy questions and program evaluation. He focuses on the utilization of the econometrics, quasi-experimental, parametric and nonparametric economic models, and hierarchical linear models within higher education.

Dennis has presented at leading higher education conferences on the role and financing of intercollegiate athletics and recently co-edited a book chapter with Robert K. Toutkoushian (UGA) titled Analyzing Equity in Faculty Compensation. His work has been featured within the Chronicle of Higher Education, Insider HigherEd, ESPN, and Yahoo Sports. His co-edited volume with J. Douglas Toma (UGA) entitled The Uses of Intercollegiate Athletics: Opportunities and Challenges in Positioning Universities received high acclaim and serves a foundation text to introduce the connections between university athletics and the academic core.

Prior to joining the faculty at UF, Dr. Kramer served as an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Virginia. Prior to Virginia, Dr. Kramer served as the Senior Research and Policy Analyst for the Policy Division at the Georgia Department of Education where he led the agency’s strategic research agenda and program evaluation while managing all of Georgia’s external research collaborations and grants. In addition, he served as the lead analyst for Georgia’s ESEA flexibility waiver and its development of the College and Career Ready Performance Index. During graduate school, Dennis served as the research and policy fellow for the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.


Ph.D. Higher Education – University of Georgia, 2014

M.Ed. Postsecondary Administration & Student Affairs – University of Southern California, 2008

B.A., Psychology – San Diego State University, 2006

Key Professional Appointments

Visiting Assistant Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, 2013-2014

Senior Research and Policy Analyst, Georgia Department of Education, 2010 – 2013

Graduate Research & Policy Fellow, Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, 2008-2010

Activities and Honors

Fellow: National Summer Data Policy Institute (NCES/AIR), 2009

Graduate Policy Fellow: ASHE Graduate Student Policy Seminar, 2009

Lamp of Leadership Award – San Diego State University, 2006

Presidential Distinguished Service Award – San Diego State University, 2006


(2013) Research Support, Analysis of the Impact of Physical Activity on Academic Achievement and Social Behaviors, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Grant in conjunction with Emory University and HealthMPowers to conduct pilot feasibility study.  Funded Total $500,000, Project Length: 12 months

(2012) Co-Principal Investigator, Rigorous and Effective School Disciplinary Practices, National Association of State Boards of Education, Grant received for analyzing effective disciplinary practices along with the development of comprehensive discipline data reform. Funded Amount $5,000, Project Length: 12 months

Selected Publications

Toma, J.D. & Kramer II, D. A.  eds. (2010). The Uses of Intercollegiate Athletics: Opportunities and Challenges in Positioning Universities. New Directions for Higher Education #148. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Martin, B. E., Gragg, D. & Kramer II, D. A. (2012). NCAA Academic Regulations:  Impact on Participation Rates for Minorities, In D. Brooks & R. Althouse (Eds.), Racism in College Athletics: The African-American Athlete’s Experience Volume 3, Morgantown, West Virginia: Fitness Information Technology, INC.

Toutkoushian, R. & Kramer II, D. A. (2012). Analyzing Faculty Salaries in Institutional Research. In R. Howard, W. Knight, & G. McLaughlin (Eds.), The Handbook for Institutional Research: Association of Institutional Researcher, Tallahassee, FL.

Mmeje, K., Newman, C., Kramer II, D.A., & Pearson, M (2008). The Changing Academy: Developmental Approaches to Engaging Emerging Populations in Higher Education, In S. Harper & S. Quaye (Eds.), Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations, New York: NY: Routledge Publishing Group .

Kramer II, D. A.  & McGiboney, G. (2012). Present and Accounted For: Effects of Student Attendance on Achievement. American School Board Journal, 99(3).


Kramer’s commentary on athletic conference realignment: http://chronicle.com/blogs/players/does-switching-athletics-conferences-lead-to-academic-gains/30227