Rising STAR (service, teaching, advising and research) Faculty Award, 2011
Karee Dunn won the college's rising STAR award for the outstanding all-around new faculty member.
Dunn, an assistant professor of educational statistics and research methods, joined the faculty of the College of Education and Health Professions in 2008. She earned a doctorate in educational psychology and research from the University of Memphis.
According to the nomination for Dunn, her research record includes grants, articles, book chapters and national presentations. Within the National Office for Research on Measurement and Evaluation Systems, she is a co-principal investigator on the Arkansas Department of Education "Integrated Schools" grant, as well as the principal investigator on a smaller grant with the Springdale School district. She was recently invited to attend a literacy conference sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation based on her work with data-driven reform efforts in Oregon. The invitation was made to leaders in data-based education reform.
She has published and submitted articles in some of the leading journals in her field, including the Journal of Experimental Education, Educational and Psychology Measurement and Contemporary Educational Psychology.
The breadth of her scholarship is demonstrated by her publications and submissions to the Journal of Interactive Online Learning, Learning Environments Research, Teaching in Higher Education and two journals in nursing. She also had two book chapters published in 2011. Her presentations have included the two most important national associations in her field: the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association.
Dunn's service includes working with the American Psychological Association, the College Council and two other college committees. At the program level, she has been a leader in developing a new educational psychology emphasis, including preparing a proposal for an 18-hour post-master's graduate certificate in educational psychology that was approved at Faculty Senate. As part of her service at NORMES, she is director of applied research and lead editor of the Journal of Educational Research and Policy Studies.
Students give her teaching high praise in evaluations. She redesigned two courses to meet the diverse needs of students and attended a number of training sessions. Her approach to teaching was described as a responsive, student‐centered pedagogy aimed at assisting students learn psychological theory in a way that impacts their professional practice.