Experienced online educator, researcher joins Training team

CONCORD, N.H. — ROC USA® is pleased to announce that Jennifer Cramer has joined its team as the new Educational and Training Content Director.

“We are delighted to welcome Jennifer to the team,” said Colleen Lindecker, Executive Vice President of Training and Continuous Learning. “She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in adult learning, educational assessment and research, and online education, as well as a passion for mission-driven work. As the director for all educational and training content in the Training and Continuous Learning Service Unit, she will be an integral leader in our efforts to scale online education and training at ROC USA.”

Cramer will be instrumental in supporting the training and continuous learning team at ROC USA by building engaging learning experiences for leaders in its network of resident owned communities as well as the staffs at ROC USA and its 12 affiliates. The increased community and partnership in long-term learning and professional growth will benefit the entire enterprise.

Cramer brings considerable experience in international research in social and biological sciences to the role, having worked at American Public University System for 12 years in faculty and administrative positions. She is a researcher who has led and published studies on human-wildlife health and wildlife conservation and topics in higher education. She loves to observe, ask why and take the steps to study and find out the answer.

“I’m excited to join ROC USA because I have been doing community work overseas in west Africa for the past 10 years, and I’m excited to do that more year-round with ROC USA,” Cramer said. “I’m excited to provide online learning to staff and community Members. There’s a lot of flexibility to adapt the role and the topics based on feedbacks and needs.”

While working with mentors in Africa, she said she quickly learned that to be successful working with a community where one doesn’t live, one needs to reach out to people and see if they want to partner and what specific needs they have.

“Then you can use that information to bring what you have to the table,” she said.

Cramer’s field research has taken her to Central America, the Caribbean and eight African countries. She has spent time observing and studying African monkeys in their diverse range of habitats.

Cramer graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2004, earned a Master of Arts in Biological Anthropology from New Mexico State University in 2007 and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2012. She lives in Milwaukee, Wis.