Charles Kraus is a sculpture professor in Peck School of the Arts’ Visual Arts Department. He has taught at UW-Milwaukee for 36 years, and teaches sculpture (level I as well as advanced and graduate sculpture) and beginning foundry. Professor Kraus earned his BFA and MFA from Southern Illinois University, and his associate degree from Wilson Junior College.
Professor Kraus was nominated by two students; one who spoke specific to disability related issues, and one who spoke to the more general nature of accommodating student needs.
The first nominator mentions, “He continues to work with me while I am currently enrolled in his class. Chuck Kraus is also a very excited and motivated about his field and shows this during class.”
The second student noted several different ways in which Professor Kraus does things which set him apart from other instructors: “being approachable and available for questions. This quality opens the door to communication at all times, making the learning process of all the varied technical skills in a sculpture class an enjoyable one.” This student also noted, “Professor Kraus adapts his approach to each student, making sure s/he has the right tools for the right job.”
Professor Kraus states, “my main focus here at UWM for 36 years has always been on my students. … I have worked with quite a number of students with disabilities. They have always been a pleasure to work with and they never let their disability stand in their way.”