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About Suzanne Kaback, EdD

I began my teaching career in Maine in 1990, teaching 5th and 6th grades.  I moved to Boston, MA, where I taught 7th grade language arts while earning my Master's degree in Literacy, Language, and Cultural  Studies at Boston University.  From Massachusetts, I moved back to Maine where I taught 5th grade, before leaving the classroom to earn my EdD in Literacy Education from the University of Maine in 2003.  After earning my  doctorate, I was hired as an assistant professor at Elmira College where  I taught for three years before moving to Minnesota and joining the  Education department at St. Catherine University in 2006. 

The current focus of my teaching and scholarship is the use of practice-based teacher education pedagogies to teach high-leverage practices that advance equity in K-6 classrooms. This work happens in close partnership with administrators, classroom teachers, families and caregivers, and other stakeholders in the school communities where our clinical fieldwork experiences happen.


Present Associate Professor, Education, St. Catherine University Education Department

Curriculum Vitae



2020 - Present Recruiting and retaining candidates of color in teacher education programs at NExT Institutions
Sauer Family Foundation - 220070-212508
Role: Co-principal investigator
Colleague(s): Dr. Catherine Kelly
2018 - Present Collective Efficacy: Amplifying partnerships to support teacher candidate effectiveness
The Bush Foundation through the Network for Excellence in Teaching
NExT Pilot Sub-Award
Role: PI
Colleague(s): Dr. David Stricker and a team of 4 educators and administrators in our K-12 partner schools
2014 - Present Campus-Based Transformation Grant
Bush Foundation
Role: PI
Colleague(s): Various Department colleagues collaborated on different projects funded with CBT funds
2016 - 2018 edTPA On-Boarding Project
St. Catherine University
Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Grant
Role: PI
Colleague(s): Jane Carroll, Fieldwork and Student Teaching Placement Coordinator
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2014 - Present Elementary Section Chair, Minnesota Council of Teachers of English
2014 - Present Teacher Effectiveness Initiative representative from SCU, Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT)
2018 - 2020 NExT Governance Council: Representative from SCU, Network for Excellence in Teaching
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Honors and Awards

  • Named, Faculty Mentor by student receiving an All University Leadership Award, 2012-2013, 2015-2016, 2016-2017
  • Nominee, Sr. Amata Miller Catholic Mission in Action Award, 2018
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Spring 2006, Elmira College
  • Fellow, Minnesota-TeachingWorks Fellowship through the University of Michigan, 2019-2020
  • Nominee, Faculty Teaching and Advising Award, St. Catherine University, 2018-2019
  • Accepted in the Certificate Sequence in Practice-Based Approaches to Methods Instruction in Teacher Education at TeachingWorks
  • awarded $16,000 scholarship.


2003 EdD, University of Maine, Orono, Maine ‐ Doctor of Education, Literacy Studies
1994 M.Ed., Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts ‐ Master of Education, Literacy, Language, and Cultural Studies
1989 BA, William Smith College, Geneva, New York ‐ Bachelor of Arts, History

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6324