Mary Ann Wisniewski, Carroll University

Dr. Mary Ann Wisniewski

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Dr. Mary Ann Wisniewski earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double degree in Child & Family Studies and Continuing & Vocational Education. In addition, she received a Certificate for Leadership Educators from Harvard University. Dr. Wisniewski has taught learners ages 3-63, and she enjoys them all. She believes that learning is an active process, and that individuals learn through interaction with others. Rather than simply lecturing, she varies the learning environment so that students work in pairs and in small groups, both in the classroom and in the community. Most of Dr. Wisniewski's classes require students to become involved in a community project so that they are more readily able to connect theory to practice.


  • Post-Doctorate, Harvard University - Management & Marketing
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison - Double Major, Continuing and Vocational Education/School of Human Ecology
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Education Curriculum and Instruction
  • B.S., Alverno College - Double Major, Early Childhood Education and Psychology

Areas of Specialization

Managment & Leadership
Continuing Professional Education

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

Refereed Publications

Tallarico, C.D. & Wisniewski, M.A. (2015). “A better Way to Teach Microeconomics:  Evidence from the Classroom.”  Submitted to the Journal of the Academy of Business Education.

Kaiser, C., & Wisniewski, M.A.  (2013). “Enhancing Student Learning and Engagement Using Student Response Systems.”  Social Studies Research and Practice.  Vol. 7, No. 3, Winter, 2012.

Johnson, T.J., Wisniewski, M.A. (et al). (2012).  "Technology Adoption in Higher Education:  Overcoming Anxiety Through Faculty Bootcamp."  Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks. Vol.16, Issue 2, 63-72.

Wisniewski, M.A. (2010). "Leadership and the Millennials:  Transforming Today's Technological Teens into Tomorrow's Leaders." The Journal of Leadership Education, Vol. 9, #1--Winter, 2010, 53-68.

Wisniewski, M.A. (2003).  “Leadership Education:  A Constructivist Model for Continuing Higher Education.”   The Journal of Continuing Higher Education.   Vol. 51.  No. 1 Winter, 31-37.

Wisniewski, M.A. (2002).  “Leadership in Higher Education:  Implications for Leadership Development Programs.”  Journal of Academic Leadership.  Vol. II, #1.  Spring, 1-12.

Wisniewski, M.A. (1999).  “Leadership Competencies In Continuing Higher Education:  Implications For Leadership Education.” The Journal of Continuing Higher Education, Winter,14-23.

Wisniewski, M.A., and Campbell, G.R. (1995).  The University of Wisconsin-Extension Administrative Leadership Program.  Continuing Higher Education Review, Vol. 59, #3, 166-172.

Radomski, M.A.  (1992).  "Revisiting Educational Paradigms:  A Broader Definition of Research in Continuing Higher Education."  Continuing Higher Education Review.  56 (3), 122-127.

Radomski, M.A.  (1989). Professionalization of Continuing Education: Movement Along the Continuum.  Continuing Higher Education Review.  53 (2 & 3), 69-72.

Radomski, M.A.  (1986, July).  Professionalization of Early Childhood Educators:  How Far Have We Progressed?  Young Children, 41 (5), 20-23.

Non-Refereed Publications

Wisniewski, M.A. (2004).  ”Creativity in the College Classroom:  Considering Multiple Intelligences.”  Faculty Forum.  Vol. XV, Issue 2, Spring.  p. 6-15.

Radomski, M.A.  (1986).  "Cognitively-Oriented Curricula vs. Direct Instruction:  There Is a Difference!"  Day Care and Early Education.  Fall, 1986

Refereed Presentations

Issacs, G., Johnson, T., Kuhlemeyer, G., and Wisniewski, M.A.  (2010). “Building Communities of Online Educators:  Virtual Bootcamp Summer 2010.  WAICU Conference on “Enriching Learning With Your Learning Management Systems.”

Wisniewski, M.A, and Schliepp, C.  (2007) "The Power of WE3:  Working Together to Enhance Teacher Effectiveness and Enrich Student Learning.  Wisconsin Education Association Conference.  Milwaukee, WI

Wisniewski, M.A. (2003) “Supporting and Facilitating Leadership Development in Faculty and Staff."  Outreach Scholarship Conference, Madison, WI.

Wisniewski, M.A.  (2002)  “Promise or Peril?  Reflecting on Computer Technology:  Educational, Psychological, and Ethical Implications”  Distance Education Conference,  Madison, WI.

Wisniewski, M.A. (2002)  “Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Ethics:  Preparing Students for Leadership Roles in an Information-Literate Society.”  Technology Conference, Milwaukee, WI

Wisniewski, M.A.  (2001) “Leadership Competencies in Higher Education.”  Outreach Scholarship Conference, Madison, WI  

Wisniewski, M.A.  (2001)  “Implementation Planning Strategies for Developing and Delivering Online Programs to International Audiences.”  17th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, Madison, WI.

Wisniewski, M.A.  (2000) “Putting Courses on the Web:  What We Know Now; What We Wish We’d Known Then."  Serving Adults in a Virtual World Conference, Madison, WI. 

Wisniewski, M.A.  (1999)  “Leadership Competencies in Higher Education:  Implications for Leadership Education.” University Continuing Education Association 84th Annual Conference, Washington, DC,

Wisniewski, M.A.  (1999)  “Test Your LQ (Leadership Quotient):  Assessing the Leadership Skills Needed in Higher Education.”  University Continuing Education Association 84th Annual Conference, Washington, DC,

Wisniewski, M.A.  (1998)  “UWM Online:  What Have We Learned."   Stop Surfing, Start Teaching Technology Conference, South Carolina

Wisniewski, M.A. (1997) “Redefining Partnerships for the Workplace Training of the Professional” University Continuing Education Association 82nd Annual Conference.

Wisniewski, MA.  (1996)  “The University of Wisconsin-Extension Administrative Leadership Program”  Michigan State University Continuing Higher Education Conference, MI

Wisniewski, M.A. (1988) "First Steps Toward College:  A Seminar on Campus Summer Programsfor Youth."  National University Continuing Education Association Conference, Washington, DC.

Seminars and Workshops Presented

2012, "Choose Your Attitude," Carroll University, Waukesha, WI.

2011, “Building Communities of Online Educators,” Carroll University, Waukesha, WI.

2011, “Facilitating In-Class Discussions,” Carroll University, Waukesha, WI.

2002, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,"  Student Business organization, Carroll College, Waukesha, WI.

2001, "Academic Leadership."  Project Kaleidoscope and Faculty Development Committee, Carroll College, Waukesha, WI.

1998, Certified trainer of Development Dimensions International.  Conducted workshops for UWM faculty and staff on the following topics:  Communicating and Listening, Valuing Differences, Facilitating Improved Performance, and, Creating a Service Culture:  The Service Leader's Role

1995-2002, Instructor for the University of Wisconsin-Extension Administrative Leadership Program. Conducted seminars for UW-Extension faculty and staff on topics related to leadership, strategic planning, team building, diversity, and change.

Service to Carroll University and Profession

Carroll University

  • Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2014-15
  • Faculty Technology Committee, 2013-14
  • Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2012-13
  • Faculty Development Committee, 2010-2011
  • Technology in Teaching and Learning, 2009-2010 and 2011-2012
  • Tenure and Promotion, 2008- 2009
  • Higher Learning Commission Self Study Committee, 2005-2008
  • Institutional Review Board, 2005-2010
  • Strategic Planning Committee, 2004
  • Faculty Development Committee, 2002-2004
  • Carroll College Liberal Arts Task Force, 2003-04
  • Carroll College committee to examine health insurance benefits, 2003-04


  • Editorial Board, Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2000-present
  • Academic Advisory Board Member for McGraw Hill Publishing Company's Contemporary Learning Series, 2006-present
  • Chair, Adult and Continuing Education Program Advisory Committee, Department of Administrative Leadership, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 1998-2001  
  • Member, Distance Education Committee, University of Wisconsin-Extension, 1992-1995
  • Member, Noncredit Certificate in Nonprofit Management, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2001.

Community Outreach

  • Lake Country School District K-4 Implementation Study, 2009
  • Arrowhead High School Area Curriculum Consortium Vision 2020, 2008-2009
  • Lake Country School District Curriculum Committee (a committee of the School Board) 2005-2009
  • La Casa de Esperanza Charter School Review Committee, 2006-2008
  • School District of Waukesha Teacher Development Committee, 2002-2008

Honors and Awards


  • Recipient, “Excellence in Teaching Award.” Department of Business Administration and Economics, 2003
  • Recipient, "Leadership and Commitment Award."  University of Wisconsin-Extension Administrative Leadership Program.  2002.
  • Recipient, "Leadership and Commitment Award."  University of Wisconsin-Extension Administrative Leadership Program.  1996.
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