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Dr. Kelly Wonder

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  • Director, Ronald E. McNair Program
  • Ronald McNair Program

Dr. Wonder first joined the staff at UW-Eau Claire in 2001 and has taught courses in English, English as a Second Language, and teacher preparation courses in Teaching English as Second Language (TESOL).   During the 2013-2014 academic year, she served as a Senior English Language Fellow with the U.S. Department of State at Philippine Normal University in Manila, Philippines.  The English Language Fellow Program sends talented, highly qualified U.S. TESOL professionals to academic institutions around the world for to work on projects initiated by U.S. Embassies.  While at Philippine Normal University, she was responsible for developing the research capacity of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.  In addition, she provided training seminars for teaching institutions, professional organizations, Non Governmental Organizations and the US Embassy. 

Dr. Wonder has an extensive background in creating access to higher education through her work as the Commanding English Program Coordinator and, most recently as the Student Success Program Coordinator.  She uses her expertise in constructivist pedagogy to empower learners and create educational opportunity.  At UW- Eau Claire, she has mentored 11 undergraduate researchers in US and international contexts.  Dr. Wonder is active in CETL and as a Tier 2 EDI facilitator.  Her research agenda focuses on high impact practices, student engagement, and alternative assessment, and she as presented her work at the local, national, and international level.

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate Research

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


Doctor of Education, Leadership, Policy and Administration, May 2011, University of Saint Thomas, Minneapolis, MN  

Master of Arts, Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics, December 2000, Iowa State University, Ames, IA  

Bachelor of Arts, International Business, May 1998, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA 


International Leadership, December 2009, University of Saint Thomas, Minneapolis, MN

Published Research

Ernst, B., Wonder, K., & Adler, J.  (22 February 2016).  Developing a university learning community of critical readers and writers: The story of a liberal arts and IEP partnership TESOL Journal, 7(2). 67-97.