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Karen D. Boyd

Associate Professor of Practice


Karen Boyd is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She leads the development of an undergraduate leadership minor and teaches courses related to higher education administration and leadership. She received her PhD in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia in 2010. She also holds an MA in Counseling and Student Development (Appalachian State University, 1990) and a BS/BA in Industrial Relations and Economics (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983).

Prior to her appointment at UT, Karen served as a visiting instructor on the faculties of the University of Central Florida (Higher Education and Policy Studies) and Clemson University (Leadership, Counselor Education, Human and Organizational Development - Student Affairs program). Over the course of her career, she has taught doctoral, masters and undergraduate-level courses including: Research on the College Student, Student Development Theory, Introduction to Student Personnel and Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education. At UCF, she led a service learning project where students conducted historical research and collection processing for the Tuskegee Alabama Multicultural Center. She also initiated and organized the curriculum for an ongoing seminar-like dialogue between HEPS faculty, students, and local colleges’ academic and student affairs leadership, examining the research and regional context of academic and student affairs intersections for the promotion of integrative learning.

Karen’s work with college students and collegiate learning environments is grounded in over 20-years of experiences in student and academic affairs professional appointments (Clemson University, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and East Carolina University), organizational leadership of student affairs professional associations, and faculty governance. Her scope of past administrative responsibilities encompassed student engagement and leadership, student conduct, crisis management, academic integrity, assessment, university housing, student organizations and Greek Affairs. She expanded her knowledge of and commitment to servant leadership as past president of the International Association for Student Judicial Affairs (currently ASCA), Chairperson of Donald Gehring Academy for Student Conduct Administration, and membership on the ACPA Commission XV Campus Judicial Affairs and Legal Issues Directorate and the Georgia Tech Executive Board of the Faculty. Her research agenda, an extension of these cumulative experiences, was awarded a 2011 NASPA Foundation Grant (to collect student sit-in participants’ reflections on their civil rights activities and their college experiences’ contribution to their future civic actions) and a 2010 NASPA Region 3 Grant (to explore the association between students affective responses to their relationship with the college and persistence, alcohol use and academic honesty).

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  • 1122 Volunteer Boulevard 322 Bailey Education Complex Knoxville, TN 37996-3430
  • Phone: 865-974-9183
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