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 an Associate 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 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, 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, 2000
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Sephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX, 1977
B.S.Ed., Elementary Education, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX, 1975

Research Interests

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

Latest Articles

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


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

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

Externally Funded Projects

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

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 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)
  • Delta Kappa Gamma
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Pi Lambda Theta