Dr. Neva V. Cramer

Associate Professor of Education
Director, Teacher Education & Graduate Studies
email: nvcramer@schreiner.edu

I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.  - John Steinbeck

Education Dr. Neva V. Cramer
Southwest Texas University

B.S., Secondary Education
Speech/Drama and English
Louisiana State University, 1977

M.A. in Reading
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Louisiana State University, 1994

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction

Louisiana State University, 2003

Elmore Whitehearst Award for Creative Teaching 2013
Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity 2015

Presentations and Publications (Most Recent): 
1) The Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction and Assessment, 6-12M. Hougen, Ed. 2015
Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc. Part II Chapter 13
Supporting Literacy and Learning through the Visual and Communicative Arts

2) Transforming Learning in the 21st Century College Classroom through the Arts The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Volume 21, Issue 2, January 2015, pp.15-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 20, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 846.127KB).

3) Texas Association for Literacy Education Yearbook, Volume 2, Building Momentum, August 2014 Chapter 6: Supporting Literacy Through the Visual and Communicative Arts: Building Momentum in Literacy for 21st Century Digital Learners

4) The Learner Conference: The Learner 21st International Conference On Learning. June 14, 2014 New York. Presentation: New Literacies for 21st Century Learners: Making Text Come Alive for Today's Visual Learners

5) Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Annual Conference October 27, 2014 Houston, Texas. Session Presentation: Transforming Classroom Learning Through the Arts

6) CSOTTE Annual Conference Oct 19-21- Austin, Texas. Session Presentation: Preparing Pre-service Teachers to Transform the Traditional Classroom through the Visual and Communicative Arts

7) Texas Association for Literacy Educators Annual Conference: Inspiring and Transforming Literacy February 21st , 2015. The Woodlands. Texas. Presentation: Art and Literacy: Linking Literacy and the Visual Arts

Dr. Neva V. Cramer specializes in learning/teaching through the arts. With a background in the performing arts, Neva has combined her interests and studies to promote literacy through local, regional, and statewide school seminars and workshops, through presentations for the International Literacy Association, the National Council Of Teacher Educators, Texas Association of Literacy Educators, Texas ASCD, National Association of Supervision and Curriculum, CSOTTE, the College Board, and other organizations. She spent five years at Louisiana State University as an instructor for teacher training classes and university supervisor of student teachers. She has over twenty years of experience as a professional educator in the areas of theatre, speech, secondary English, reading and language arts. She is currently an associate professor and the Director of Education and Graduate Studies in Education at Schreiner University.