New Mexico Association of Student Affairs Professionals

MSC 05 3410
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Scholes Hall

Phone: 505-277-0952
Fax: 505-277-6099

2015 Keynote Speakers


Dr. Amanda Kraus

1224 East Lowell Street
Tucson, AZ 85721

 Dr. Amanda Kraus serves as Associate Director, Disability Resources at the University of Arizona. Dr. Kraus is also Assistant Professor of Practice in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the UA, where she coordinates the M.A. program and instructs courses on student affairs, student development and disability.  In her previous role on campus, she directed a federal grant that researched how disabled veterans experience higher education and developed initiatives for their successful integration to college.

Dr. Kraus is a member of the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and for the last two years has chaired its standing committee on diversity.  Dr. Kraus has delivered keynote addresses on reframing disability and strategies for campus inclusion for Singapore Management University, Duke University, University of Vermont, Western Illinois University, and Utah and Michigan state-wide meetings of AHEAD.

Outside of work, she is an avid wheelchair tennis player.  As the Vice President of the United States Tennis Association Southern Arizona District board, she works to grow opportunities for disabled players and increase the national visibility of wheelchair tennis.  She is passionate about social justice and access; this is reflected in her work on campus, teaching and community involvement.  Dr. Kraus was recently recognized as one of Tucson’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Amanda Kraus received her M.A. and Ph. D. from the University of Arizona (UA) in Higher Education.


Dr. Gage Paine

2304 Whitis Ave
Austin, Tx 78712

Dr. Gage E. Paine is Vice President for Student Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. She provides leadership to a diverse staff of 775 higher education professionals who support students throughout their university experience by providing the best and most innovative programs, facilities and services.

Dr. Paine manages a diverse portfolio comprised of some of the university’s largest non-academic units.They include departments overseeing 14 on-campus residence halls and their dining facilities, medical and mental health services, new student orientation, recreational sports, student activities (including 1,100+ student organizations), leadership development and two university unions.

Throughout her 30-year career, Dr. Paine has been a leader in student affairs, from starting out as a resident assistant while an undergraduate to being appointed to student affairs leadership positions at four other Texas universities. Dr. Paine earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a doctor of jurisprudence from Texas Tech University and a Bachelor of Arts in Letters from the University of Oklahoma.