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Academic Leadership

Elke Kleisch Ed.D.


Program Chair-Online, General Education

Spring Grove, IL

Dedicated Leader. Innovative Educator.

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Education
  • Ed.D., Reading and Language, National-Louis University (2011)
  • MA, Developmental Studies, National-Louis University (2003)
  • BA, Visual Communications, Illinois State University (1990)
Background

Dr. Elke Kleisch is Colorado Technical University’s Program Chair for General Education and Psychology. In her role as Program Chair Dr. Kleisch leads the General Education and Psychology faculty team and helps refine the program’s curriculum, among many other duties. She also focuses on providing a quality classroom experience for faculty and students in an online environment. Before taking on the role of Program Chair, Dr. Kleisch previously served as an Assistant Professor at CTU.

Dr. Kleisch has more than a decade of experience in teaching roles, having previously led classes at McHenry County College, Kaplan University, DeVry University, National-Louis University, and more. In these roles, Dr. Kleisch worked with learners of all types in both online and traditional classroom environments.

She also gained critical Higher Education administrator experience during her time as Coordinator for National-Louis University’s Center for Academic Development. There, she was responsible for hiring, training, and mentoring tutors for a peer-tutoring program while also developing educational workshops to assist students and faculty.

Before beginning her Higher Education career, Dr. Kleisch spent time with Quebecor Printing as Shift Supervisor. There, she managed a large team of associates and helped ensure success for countless high-level print production runs.

Academic Specialization/Focus at CTU

General Education

  • Why are you excited to be at CTU?

    I enjoy teaching in an online environment. While I don’t have that face to face interaction, I find the online interactions I have with students much more meaningful. I teach writing, and I know that is not everyone’s favorite subject. Yet, written communication is the foundation of how we interact with others both personally and professionally and is an essential skill. Even though I work with CTU students for a short amount of time each term, I enjoy seeing their growth in not only their written communication but also in developing their own passions and accomplishing their goals.

  • What is your teaching philosophy?

    I have the most experience teaching our introductory student success course. I utilize my experience working with students throughout the last seven years to help provide guidance to all of my students. I also use my leadership experience when I teach professional communications. My students get a kick out of my personal stories and how I make them feel engaged in the classroom.

  • Research interests
    • Adaptive Learning
    • Faculty Management
    • Student Success