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Nate Cradit


PhD, Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, Michigan State University

MA, Higher Education Student Affairs, Eastern Michigan University

BAA, Family Studies & Sociology, Central Michigan University

Nathaniel Cradit

Research Scientist Senior

Why I Choose to Work at Academic Innovation

I choose to work at Academic Innovation because I value the opportunity to contribute to an interdisciplinary team of scholars and practitioners at the forefront of postsecondary innovation and discovery. It is exciting to be part of a team focused on practical advancement of the University’s mission to serve Michigan and the world through online learning and other technologies.

Current Roles/Previous Experience

As a research scientist, Nate leads and collaborates on empirical projects at the intersections of online learning, education technology, postsecondary teaching, and the public good.

Prior to his work with the Center, Nate was the founding chair of the Higher Education Leadership department at National Louis University, a private, nonprofit university in Chicago rooted in educational and social justice. During and before this faculty work, Nate was a part of the leadership team for the qualitative research interest group within the American Educational Research Association, and conducted research on state and federal policy relating to campus safety and gun violence. He also contributed to projects studying race-based admissions and the US Supreme Court. In addition, Nate served as a consultant on the development and assessment of multiple graduate and co-curricular programs for the study of higher education in nations with developing systems of public education, including South Africa and Azerbaijan.

Ask Me to Learn About

  • Higher Ed Policy
  • Running
  • Vegetarian Cooking
  • Travel & Maximizing Airline Miles