Originally from the suburbs of New York City, Dr. Amanda Kraus has lived in Tucson and worked at the University of Arizona (UA) for 17 years where she currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Campus Life, and Executive Director for Disability Resources and Housing & Residential Life. One the largest in the nation, UA’s Disability Resource Center is an international model of progressive service delivery. Dr. Kraus is also Assistant Professor of Practice in Higher Education where she coordinates the MA program and teaches courses on student services, student development and disability in higher education.
Dr. Kraus has had the privilege of delivering keynote addresses and facilitating workshops on disability in higher education at campuses such as Singapore Management University, Duke University, Wake Forest University, and was the featured speaker at l’Association Québécoise Interuniversitaire des Conseillers aux Étudiants en Situation de Handicap in Montréal, CA – the first plenary talk to be delivered in English in the organization’s twenty-year history. She was recently invited to join a delegation convened by the US Department of State to engage in dialogue on disability access in education and employment in Beijing, China.
Dr. Kraus is President-Elect for the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Board of Directors and previously chaired its standing committee for diversity.
Outside of work, Dr. Kraus is an avid wheelchair tennis player. As the Past-President of the United States Tennis Association Southern Arizona District board, she works to grow opportunities for disabled players and increase the national visibility of wheelchair tennis. She was recently recognized as one of Tucson’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Kraus is passionate about social justice and access; this is reflected in her work on campus, teaching and community involvement.
Dr. Kraus earned her MA and Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in Higher Education.