About

Author and consultant Kathleen A. Paris, Ph.D., speaks on healthy workplaces and provides consulting for strategic planning, process improvement and redesign, and professional development for leaders.

Kathleen A. Paris is a consultant, distinguished, emeritus for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Quality Improvement (OQI) and is also Consultant and Managing Partner for Kathleen Paris, LLC.

She has provided management consulting services to various organizations since 1985 including non-profit and state agencies, hospitals, higher education, and K-12 education. Recent clients in Madison, Wisconsin include Lucigen, UW Health, Meriter Hospital, Family Centers, Alzheimer’s Association of South Central Wisconsin, the School of Human Ecology, at UW-Madison, the University of Wisconsin System, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Kathleen has provided consultation and facilitation for strategic planning at educational institutions throughout the country and in Guam and the Virgin Islands. She has consulted in France, U.K. Switzerland, and Canada.  She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from UW-Madison, and has served as a senior lecturer on the Madison campus in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA).  She recently taught a graduate course in leadership and diversity at Edgewood College.

Publications

  • Paris, K. A. (2011). Bringing Your Strategic Plan to Life: A Guide for Nonprofits and Public Agencies. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse.
  • Paris, K. A. (2008). Staying Healthy in Sick Organizations: The Clover Practice™. Charleston: BookSurge.
  • Paris, K. A. (2005). Does it pay to plan? What we learned about strategic planning in a Big Ten university. West Hartford, CT: National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education (NCCI). Retrieved on July 25, 2007.
  • Paris, K. A. (2007) Models for organizational improvement: A comparison.West Hartford, CT: National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education (NCCI). Retrived on July 25, 2007 
  • Paris, K. A. (2004).Moving the strategic plan off the shelf and into action at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In. Michael Dooris, John Kelley and James Trainer (Eds. ), Successful strategic planning(pp. 121-127). New Directions for Institutional Research, Number 123, Fall 2004. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco.
  • Paris, K. A. (2004). Planning within an academic department–Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison. In Tromp, Sherrie A. and Ruben, Brent D. (2004). Strategic planning In higher education: A guide for leaders (pp. 93-97). Washington, DC: National Association of College and University Business Officers.
  • Paris, K.A. (2003). Strategic planning in the university. Madison, WI: Office of Quality Improvement, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Retrieved on July 25, 2007.
  • Paris, K.A. (2000). A Collection of Planning Corner Articles. Madison, WI: Office of Quality Improvement, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Retrieved on July 25, 2007.
  • Paris, K.A. (2000). Scenarios as a power tool for planning. Office of Quality Improvement, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Retrieved on July 25, 2007.
  • Paris, K. A. and Cullen, M. J., Sr. (September, 1998).Using technology to increase meeting productivity, Quality in Higher Education, 3,7.
  • Paris, K. A. (April, 1998). Useful measures: Use a mix of measures. Quality in Higher Education, 7.
  • Paris, K. A. and Cullen, M. J., Sr. (May, 1998). Technology-assisted meetings DESIEN. [electronic newsletter] Madison, WI: Instructional Communications System, University of Wisconsin-Extension.
  • Paris, K. A. (February, 1998).Verbesserungen in einer Universitat. Management & Qualitat, 37-40.
  • Paris, K.. (December, 1977). Ten suggestions for helping a group achieve its aim. Quality in Higher Education, 3.
  • Paris, K. A. (Spring, 1997). Strategic planning in the framework of a campus-wide vision for the future. NCA Quarterly, 71, 484-489.
  • Paris, K. A. (January, 1997) Fewer meetings, more accomplished. Quality in Higher Education, 6.
  • Cotter, M., Simmons, J., and Paris, K. A. (1997). Administering a department. Maryville, MO: Prescott Publishing.
  • Paris, K. A. (December, 1996). Fast cycle improvement increases quality. Quality in Higher Education, 6.
  • Paris, K. A. (November, 1996). Scanning and beyond. Quality in Higher Education, 7-8.
  • Paris, K. A. (September, 1996). Storytelling and change. Quality in Higher Education, 5-6.
  • Paris, K. A. (August, 1996). Implications of systems archetypes in higher education. Quality in Higher Education, 6,8.
  • Paris, K. A. (June, 1996). We act like we already know everything. Quality in Higher Education, 6-8.
  • Paris, K. A. (May, 1996). Mixing strategic planning with quality. Quality in Higher Education, 1-2.