DeAngelis Selected to Receive University’s Excellence in Teaching Award

Karen DeAngelisKaren DeAngelis, assistant professor in educational leadership at the Warner School of Education, is this year’s recipient of the G. Graydon ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Nontenured Member of the Faculty. DeAngelis will be honored with a citation for her outstanding teaching at the Warner School Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 19, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

The University-wide award is given annually to recognize an untenured faculty member who excels in both teaching and research.

“The Curtis Award serves to remind all of us about the importance of disseminating and generating knowledge through teaching—an act that can seem secondary as we pursue our research,” says Brian Brent, associate dean for graduate studies and chair of the educational leadership program at Warner. “Karen’s curriculum vitae reveals that she is an accomplished scholar and excellent instructor and is deserving of this award.”

DeAngelis is an emerging master teacher and scholar, admired for her commitment to engaging students, both inside and outside of the classroom, through teaching, research, and mentoring. Her exemplary teaching extends across seven courses, each of which she created or revised, and her academic advising is unprecedented as demonstrated by her involvement on 26 doctoral dissertation committees over the past five years.

Excellence in teaching has not been at the expense of DeAngelis' research productivity. Her research focuses on the recruitment, distribution, and retention of teachers and administrators. Most recently, she was awarded a Spencer Foundation grant to study the academic skills and racial/ethnic diversity of teachers entering K-12 public schools in Illinois. Her research has been published in a number of academic journals such as the Journal of Education Finance, Educational Administration Quarterly, Leadership and Policy in Schools, Education and Urban Society, and Education Policy Analysis Archives.

She has taken a lead role in redesigning the Warner School’s offerings in quantitative research methods to include new courses and consulting support services consisting of monthly workshops and one-on-one consultations offered by advanced doctoral students. With her vision and clear guidance, DeAngelis, together with her Warner colleague Martin Lynch, established the Quantitative Consulting Services (QCS) initiative three years ago, where graduate students can receive extra support in the learning and application of quantitative methods.

Before joining the Warner faculty, DeAngelis conducted pre-kindergarten through postsecondary policy research for the Illinois Education Research Council. In addition, she has done educational consulting and evaluation work for a number of organizations, including the American Institutes for Research, the Danforth Foundation, the St. Louis Desegregation Task Force, and the St. Louis Public School District.

DeAngelis received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Colby College and both her master’s in economics and doctorate in economics of education/policy analysis from Stanford University.
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