Dr. Karen P. DePauw

Dr Karen P. DePauw received her Doctor of Philosophy from Texas Woman’s University with a Kinesiology major in 1980. She held teaching positions in Los Angeles City and County Schools, California State University at Los Angeles and Washington State University.  While at Washington State she served as Interim Dean, then Dean of the Graduate School.  She is currently Vice-President and Dean for Graduate Education at Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech).

In the world of graduate education, Dr. DePauw holds an array of leadership roles.  She is a member of the Commission on the Future of Graduate Education, has chaired the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools, was President of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, and has served the graduate education community and her academic discipline in other leadership capacities.  At Virginia Tech Dr. DePauw introduced new and innovative programs designed to support graduate students and better prepare them for their future roles in higher education.

She has received many national and international awards in her profession. A few of these are: Philip Noel Baker Award (outstanding research) from the International Council on Sport Science and Physical Education; Fellow, American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education; Distinguished Scholar Award; and Distinguished Administrator Award. She has received many local and state awards and has been a distinguished lecturer and scholar at many universities. She has written 7 books, over 40 professional journal articles, and over 30 chapters in books and proceedings. She was invited to be a keynote speaker or made major presentations at over 50 national and international meetings. She has served in several roles with the United States Olympic Committee.

Dr. DePauw has one son, Michael, daughter-in-law, Katy and granddaughter, Avery. She resides in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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