Kate Scarpena is the Assistant Academic Chair for Humanities and Social Sciences for Kaplan University. She specializes in 20th century U.S. History, the History of Higher Education, and Higher Education Administration. Kate also serves as an accreditation peer evaluator with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in History from the University at Buffalo, a Master of Science in in Education from Kaplan University, and her Doctorate in Education from Northeastern University.
Kate’s research interests include both the fields of history and education. Her work in 20th century US History focuses in on the intersection of labor, the environment, and economic systems. Kate's research in the field of Higher Education Administration concentrates on the impacts of consumer culture within higher education. Her dissertation " Women in Online Doctoral Programs: An Inductive Exploration of Academic and Non-Academic Factors Influencing College Choice" examined how academic and non-academic factors influence the college choice decision-making process of women enrolled in online doctoral programs.
Her professional memberships include the Organization of American Historians, and the American Historical Association, the Association for General Liberal Studies, the Distance Learning Association, and the Southern Humanities Council. Kate received awards including the Kaplan University: Outstanding Curriculum Development and Subject Matter Expertise for 2010, 2010 Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence by the American Medical Student Association, and the 2013 Academic Excellent Award from Northeastern University.