Dr. Karen Ohnesorge has been appointed as the University’s first Associate Dean for the School of Arts and Sciences and will provide direct support to the new School Dean, Dr. Beverly Rodgers (click here to read about Dr. Rodgers). “Dr. O,” as she is fondly called, formerly served as dean of instruction at The College.
The School of Arts and Sciences has experienced extraordinary growth in recent years (42 percent since 2010) and maintains the largest number of full-time faculty in the University. In her new role as associate dean, Ohnesorge will focus on areas directly related to the arts and sciences, including faculty, curriculum, and instruction; however, she will also actively support University-wide efforts related to retention, academic advising, Project Virtuoso, grant writing, and general education.
Ohnesorge has more than 25 years of teaching and academic leadership experience in higher education and came to Ottawa University from the University of Kansas. She earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She earned a Master’s in English and Creative Writing from New York University, and a PhD in English from the University of Kansas. Her research and teaching specialties are 20th Century U.S. Multiethnic Literatures, Visual Culture, Postcolonial & Feminist literature, Higher Education, Ethics, and Liberation Pedagogy. Her criticism, essays, translation, and numerous works of poetry have been published in national journals and anthologies.
Ohnesorge has been with Ottawa University for a total of sixteen years. During that time, she has served as a professor in the English Department, as the director of the Adawe LifePlan Center, the director of the Center for Excellence, and, since 2009, as The College’s dean of instruction. She has also served on myriad committees and councils throughout her tenure, including Chair of the College’s Promotion and Tenure Committee, Chair of the College Academic Council and member of the Diversity and Inclusivity Task Force.
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