Dr. Kristi Roth is a full professor in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She spent ten years as an adapted physical education teacher in the PK-12 environment prior to moving into higher education. She has served in a combination of administrative and teaching roles at UW-Stevens Point since 2004. She currently teaches graduate courses in resilience and self-care, equity in education, social justice, research methods, trauma sensitive classrooms, issues and trends in education, and undergraduate courses in adapted physical education. She was the lead developer of a certificate in teacher resilience. She is co-author of the textbook Principles and Methods of Adapted Physical Education and Recreation and has had numerous publications and presentations primarily focusing on technology and teaching students with severe disabilities. She presented a framework for Universal Design for Learning that emphasizes self-determination and equity titled “Crowdsourcing Universal Design for Learning to Promote Equity in Education” at the AACTE Annual Conference in February 2021. She recently completed two book chapters for a book on self-advocacy. One focused on self-determination and self-advocacy and the other on social justice and self-advocacy. She serves on the publications board for SHAPE America and serves as a manuscript reviewer for several journals. She formerly served in several administrative roles include the Director of the Innovation Space, Director of Technology Innovation in Teaching and Learning, Director of Graduate and Innovative Programs, and Director of Physical Education.
Dr. Roth prioritizes her work-life balance and expects her students to do the same. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking, hiking, golfing, painting, and cooking. She usually does all of these with her best friend and life partner, Matt. Matt is a math teacher and lacrosse and hockey referee. Kristi and Matt have two grown children. One is a nuclear engineer in Arizona and the other is a software engineer in Minnesota. They also have a house full of pets who keep them busy and entertained.