Karen Dunlap, Ed.D.

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

Graduate Program Coordinator

Teacher Education

Karen Dunlap, Ed.D.


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Karen Dunlap, Ed.D. is a Professor of Teacher Education in the College of Professional Education at Texas Woman's University (TWU) in Denton, Texas. Prior to joining TWU, Dr. Dunlap served two other higher education institutions, the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of North Texas; and a variety of school districts during her 25+ years in public schools as either a teacher or administrator. Her research and writing are focused on the development of 21st century teacher leaders, integration of instructional practice and appropriate pedagogically sound web-based tools/technology, and pre-service to inservice teacher identity development. She strives to engage preservice teachers in authentic activities that translate easily to the public school arena. Dr. Dunlap challenges students to keep an open mind and reflect as they examine perceptions of schools, teacher roles, and learners through a variety of lenses.


Ed.D., Educational Administration, University of Texas System : El Paso, El Paso, TX
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX
B.S.Ed., Elementary Education, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

Research Interests

Data-driven decision making; Data-driven Instruction; Pedagogically Appropriate Use of Technology in Educational Practice; New Teacher Induction; Experiential Learning

Latest Articles

Effects of Sensory Diets: A Single Subject Study
Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention: Innovations in Practice, Theory, and Research (2020)
Vidya Pingale, Tina Fletcher, Catherine Candler, Noralyn Pickens, Karen Dunlap

Down the rabbit hole: Aligning program improvements with real-world goals in teacher education
Emerging Dialogues (2019)
Laura Trujillo-Jenks, Rebecca R Fredrickson, Sarah McMahan, Karen Dunlap

From traditional to cyber CATs: Different breeds for different needs
The Teaching Professor (2019)
Amanda Hurlbut, Karen Dunlap

Book Review of Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America
Teachers College Record (2018)
Karen Dunlap

Data talks: Conversations that give preservice teachers the skills they need to analyze and improve instruction
Texas Teacher Education FORUM (2018)
Karen Dunlap

Realiability of the participation and sensory environment questionnaire; Teacher version
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (2017)
Karen Dunlap

Supporting, developing, and sustaining the 21st century educator: The unintended benefit of the New Teacher Academy
Texas Teacher Education FORUM (2017)
Sarah McMahan, Rebecca R. Fredrickson

Preparing teacher leaders to meet the needs of 21st century learners
Diversity, Social Justice, and the Educational Leader (2016)
Rebecca Fredrickson, Karen Dunlap, Sarah McMahan, Gina Anderson, Laura Trujillo-Jenks

Diving into data: Developing the capacity for data literacy in teacher education
Cogent Education (2016)
Karen Dunlap, Jody Piro

Enhancing teacher candidate success through experiential learning experiences.
Journal of education and Social Policy (2015)
Sarah McMahan, Peggy Malone, Rebecca Fredrickson, Karen Dunlap

Elementary principals' role in science instruction
Administrative Issues Journal: Education, Practice and Research (2015)
Patricia Casey, Karen Dunlap, K Brown, M Davidson

Rural teachers unite: Professional learning communities emerge through technology
Rural Education Clearing House (2015)
Karen Dunlap, Holly Hansen-Thomas


From traditional to cyber CATS: Different breeds for different needs
in Planning and designing your college course | Magna Publications (2020)
Amanda Hurlbut, Karen Dunlap

From start to finish: A programmatic approach to digital literacy in teacher education
in Handbook of Research on Literacy and Digital Technology Integration in Teacher Education | IGI Global (2020)
Amanda Hurlbut, Karen Dunlap, Sarah McMahan, Aimee Myers, Rebecca R Fredrickson

Integrative collaboratives: How can GYO programs be springboards to establish PDS
in The NAPDS Nine Essentials in Action: Cases of Professional Development Schools | Information Age Publishing (2020)
Gina Anderson, Richard Valenta, Sarah McMahan, Rebecca R Fredrickson, Karen Dunlap

Facilitating authentic practice in teacher education through pedagogies of enactment
in Engaging teacher candidates and language learners with authentic practice | IGI Global (2019)
Amanda Hurlbut, Karen Dunlap

Faculty mentoring through the preservice to inservice teacher pipeline
in Across the domains: Examining best practices in mentoring public school educators through the professional journal | Information Age Publishing (2017)
Sarah McMahan, Rebecca R. Fredrickson, Karen Dunlap

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Sophie's Journey
in Real School Issues: Case Studies for Educators | Rowan & Littlefield (2017)
Karen Dunlap

In pursuit of digital literacy: An overzealous jettison of both the baby and the bathwater?
in Technology for Transformation: The Confluence of Educational Technology and Social Justice | Information Age Publishing (2016)
Karen Dunlap, Rebecca Fredrickson

Faculty mentoring preservice to inservice teachers
in Across the Domains: Examining Best Practices in Mentoring Public School Educators: Faculty Mentoring through the Preservice To Inservice Teacher Pipeline | Information Age Publishing (2016)
Sarah McMahan, Rebecca Fredrickson, Karen Dunlap

Building capacity through collaboration
in Curriculum Planning: Integrating Multiculturalism, Constructivism, and Education reform, 5th ed. | Waveland Press (2015)
Pat Casey, Karen Dunlap

Externally Funded Projects

Capacity Building: TWU-Prime: Partnerships, Research, Innovation, Mentoring, & Engagement Program Year 1 of 5
National Science Foundation | $2,448,091.00 | 2020
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

TWU STAR-Scholarships, Teams and Research Year 1 of 5
GOV-National Science Foundation (NSF) | $999,794.00 | 2020
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

ELLevate! English Language Learner Educators Vested in the Advancement of Teaching Excellence Year 1 of 1
GOV-Department of Education (DE) | 2016
Role: Collaborator

Internally Funded Projects

Higher Education Fund | 2020
Research Grant

Travel assistance for STEM presentation
TWU Quality Enhancement Plan | 2017
Research Grant

New Teacher Academy: Tailored Professional Develop to Support and Sustain 21st Century Teachers. COPE Inventive Grant
Research Grant

New Teacher Academy: Tailored Professional Development to Support and Sustain 21st Century Teachers
COPE Inventive Grant | 2016
Research Grant

Creating a virtual space for educational networking
Experiential Student Scholar Program | 2015
Research Grant

Creating a virtual space for educational networking
Research Grant

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) Mentor and Mentoring Sig
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) Online Learning Sig
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) Portfolio Sig
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)
  • Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)
  • Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education
  • Delta Kappa Gamma
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Pi Lambda Theta
  • Texas Association of Teacher Educators (TxATE)
  • Text and Academic Authors Association