Faculty Profile

Kae Keister

Kae Keister

Chair, Advanced Programs

College of Education and Liberal Arts

(302) 734-2594

Associate Professor


M.Ed., Salisbury University

B.A., Pfeiffer University


Dr. Kae Keister worked in public education for 32 years starting her teaching in preschool continuing to 5th and 6th grade mathematics.  She was in middle level administration for 10 years and elementary level administration for 19 years.  She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education in North Carolina, her master’s degree in educational psychology in Maryland, and her doctorate degree in educational administration in Florida.  She also completed post graduate work at the University of Delaware.  During this tenure, she presented nationally with the National Center for Research in Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST) at Columbia University, New York, with Linda Darling-Hammond, Beverly Faulk and Ann Liebermann, received the Superstars in Education Award, the Governor’s Parent Partnership Award, the MBNA Best Grant Award, and the National Distinguished Principal Award from the State of Delaware. 

As a school leader, she was one of thirteen school leaders nationally to participate as a Basic School for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, working under Dr. Ernest Boyer.  She was featured in the Instructor Magazine, Creative Classroom, Principal Magazine and Teaching K-8.  She presented papers at the National Orton Dyslexia Society and the Greater Philadelphia Branch of the Orton-Gillingham Society, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals Conference. 

During these public school leadership years, Dr. Keister served as an adjunct professor for Wilmington University in the school leadership and teacher preparation programs.  She is currently in her 20th year serving as a full time Associate Professor and Chair of Advanced Programs in the College of Education & Liberal Arts.