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Cathy Scheder


Experience and Interests


  • Associate Lecturer, School of Education, UW-Stevens Point (2012-present)
  • Associate Lecturer, College of Natural Resources, UW-Stevens Point (2016-present)

Research Interests

  • Youth Development, Organized Camp, Out of School Time, Non-formal education
  • Not-for-Profit Leadership
  • Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


  • Independent For-Profit and Not-for-Profit Camp Administration with Camp Nicolet, Inc; (1989-1995; 2006-2007) and Ascension Lutheran Church Outdoor Ministry (1996-2000)
  • American Camp Association – Professional Development Manager (2000-2006)


Presentations and Publications


  • Scheder, C. (2020) “Waterfront management for camp and recreation settings”; 2nd edition; Healthy Learning, Monterey CA.



  • Chair, UWSP Diversity Council (2014-2018)
  • Member UWSP Executive Council; UWSP Common Council (2014-2018; 2022-present)
  • Member Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Policy Committee (2021-present)
  • Member Graduate Council (2019-2021)
  • Chair, UWSP Graduate Council (2022-present)
  • CPS Diversity Task Force Chair (2016-present)
  • UWSP Faculty Senate (2013-2015)
  • University College Task Group (2014)
  • UWSP Distance Education Committee (2013)
  • Adviser, Wisconsin Camps Student Organization – UWSP (2011-2016)

Professional Memberships

Youth Development
  • American Camp Association National Council of Leaders (2015-2020)
  • American Camp Association Wisconsin Local Council of Leaders Chair (2018-2021)
  • American Camp Association Wisconsin Local Council of Leaders Co-Chair (2017-2018)
  • American Camp Association Wisconsin Local Council of Leaders, Co-Chair Professional Development (2013-2017)
  • American Camp Association Standards Trainer of Instructors (2006-present)
  • American Camp Association Standards Instructor (2002-present)
  • American Camp Association Standards Visitor (1999-present)
  • American Camp Association Member (1996-present)
  • Camp Nicolet Advisory Board/ Camp Nicolet Foundation Board of Directors (2001-2007)
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Outdoor Ministry National Conference Planning Committee (2000-2001)
  • Mid-States Camping Conference Program Committee (1999-2000)
  • American Camp Association Wisconsin Section Board Member (1999-2000)
  • Camp Helen Brachman – Milwaukee Wisconsin Committee (1997-2000)
  • Challenge New Mexico -An adaptive alpine ski program for individuals with mental and physical challenges (1994-1995)
Environmental Stewardship
  • Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Member (2004-present)
  • Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Board of Directors (2004-2011)
    • Executive Committee – Vice-Chair 2009-2011
    • Executive Committee – Secretary 2005- 2009
    • Nominations/ Board Development Chair 2005- 2011
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources Fall Migration
    Fundraising Committee (2006-2011)
  • The Nature Conservancy – Santa Fe, New Mexico (1994-1995)

Fun Facts

Last book you read?

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Best advice you ever received?

The key to life is intergenerational friends.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Anything outdoors.

Favorite Quote?

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” – John Muir

One thing about your school that you are most proud of?

I’m a little biased but the Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability is one of the proudest accomplishments in my career. Proud to have been a part of the development team and now on the program and instructional team!

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Engagement with students, learning from others, and the “ah-hah” moment when students make a connection to the content and applicability in the field.

A piece of advice for students in your school?

Listen before responding. Hear what other are saying before formulating a response.

Cathy Scheder
Assistant to the Dean for Graduate Programs and Outreach - College of Professional Studies
Assistant Director - Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability
Associate Lecturer - Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability
Associate Lecturer - College of Natural Resources
College of Professional Studies Diversity Task Force
Graduate Council Chair

110D College of Professional Studies


Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership
Edgewood College, 2016

M.S. in Education
UW-Stevens Point, 2008

B.S. in Natural Resource Management
UW-Stevens Point, 1991