Karen Dunlap, EdD

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
Graduate Program Coordinator

Office: SH 207
Phone: 940-898-2764


EdD, University of Texas at El Paso, Educational Leadership
MEd, Stephen F. Austin State University, Curriculum and Instruction
BS Ed, Stephen F. Austin State University, Elementary Education/Reading

Research Interests

Data-driven decision making; data-driven instruction; pedagogically appropriate use of technology in educational practice; new teacher induction; experiential learning.


Karen Dunlap, EdD, is a professor of Teacher Education at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Denton, Texas. Her research and writing focuses on the development of 21st century teacher leaders, integration of instructional practice and appropriate pedagogically sound web-based tools, and pre-service to experienced teacher identity development. Dunlap strives to ensure preservice teachers engage in authentic activities to aid in the translation of skills from theory to practice as candidates enter the public school arena. She challenges students to keep an open mind and reflect as they examine perceptions of schools, teacher roles, and learners through a variety of lenses. An author of multiple book chapters and journal articles, Dunlap served Texas public school students for more than 25 years in a variety of teacher, administrative and supervisory positions before becoming a faculty member at TWU.

Selected Publications

Refereed Books, Book Chapters and Journal Articles

Dunlap, K. (2017). Autism spectrum disorder: Sophie’s journey. In L. Trujillo-Jenks & Rebecca R. Fredrickson (Eds.), Real School Issues: Case Studies for Educators, p. 103-116. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Piller, A., Pfeiffer, B., Dunlap, K., & Pickens, N. (2017). Reliability of the sensory environment and participation questionnaire-Teacher version. Early Education and Development Journal.

McMahan, S., Dunlap, K., & Fredrickson, R.R. (2017). Faculty mentoring through the preservice to inservice teacher pipeline. In A. Kent & A. Green (eds.), Across the Domains: Examining Best Practices in Mentoring Public School Educators throughout the Professional Journal. Information Age Publishing.

Dunlap, K., & Piro, J. (2016). Diving into data: Developing the capacity for data literacy in teacher education. Cogent Education 3(1). Doi: 10.1080/2331186X.2015.1132526 Retrieved from: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/8nJGpA9sBDUXY55VDmiz/full

Casey, P., & Dunlap, K. (2015). Building capacity through collaboration. In K. Henson (Ed.). Curriculum Planning: Integrating Multiculturalism, Constructivism, and Education Reform, 5th ed. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press. (Reprinted from Curriculum Planning: Integrating Multiculturalism, Constructivism, and Education Reform 4th ed, p. 241-247, by K. Henson, Ed., 2009, Illinois: Waveland Press).

McMahan, S., Malone, P., Fredrickson, R.,& Dunlap, K. (2015). Enhancing teacher candidate success through experiential learning experiences. Journal of Education and Social Policy, 2(5), 1-8.

Casey, P., Dunlap, K., Brown, K., & Davison, M.(2015). Elementary principal's role in science instruction.. Administrative Issues Journal: Education, Practice, and Research, 2(2).

PIro, J., Dunlap, K., & Shutt, T. (2014). A collaborative data chat: Teaching summative assessment data use in pre-service teacher education. Cogent Education, 1(1) 968409. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2331186X.2014.968409

Hanson-Thomas, H., Dunlap, K., & Starrett, T. (May 2014). Teacher development: De facto teacher leaders for English language learners. International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research, 5(1). Retrieved from: http://www.ijlter.org/index.php/ijlter/issue/view/5

Casey, P., Dunlap, K., Brister, K., Davidson, H., & Starrett, T. (2013). Sink or swim? Throw us a life jacket: Novice alternatively certified bilingual and special education teachers deserve options. In Psychology Progress. (Reprinted from Education and Urban Society, May 2013, doi: 10.1177/0013124511408075. Retrieved from http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0013124511408075)

Casey, P., Dunlap, K., Brister, H., Davidson, M., & Starrett, T. (2013). Sink or swim? Throw us a life jacket: Novice alternatively certified bilingual and special education teachers deserve options. Education and Urban Society 45(3), 287-306. doi: 10.1177/0013124511408075

Casey, P., Starrett, T. & Dunlap, K. (2013). Residual effects of a professional development project for aspiring school leaders. Academy of Educational Leadership. 17(2), 81-94.

Starrett, T., Casey, P., & Dunlap, K. (February 2013). Examining teachers’ decisions to pursue graduate programs in administration or curriculum. Journal of Studies in Education 3(1), 11-22. Doi: 10.529jse.v3il.2609.

Fredrickson, R., McMahan, S., & Dunlap, K. (2013). Using the Jenlink poetic to help students develop a richer understanding of the abstract concept, teacher disposition. Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly

Fredrickson, R., Dunlap, K. & McMahan, S. (2012). Cooperative learning. In J.Irby, G. Brown, & R. Lara-Alecio (Eds.), Handbook of Educational Theories. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Fredrickson, R., McMahan, & S. Dunlap, K. (2012). Problem-based learning. In J.Irby, G. Brown, & R. Lara-Alecio (Eds.), Handbook of Educational Theories. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Hansen-Thomas, H., Dunlap, K., & Casey, P. (December 2012) Enhancing the capacity of rural schools. National Rural School Leadership Journal, 2(1).

Casey, P., & Dunlap, K. (October 2012). Elementary principal's’ role in science instruction. Administrative Issues Journal: Education, Practice and Research, 2(2).

Casey, P., Dunlap, K., & Starrett, T. (2012) Examining principals’ perceptions of their influence on science achievement. Journal of Studies in Education, 2(2), 165-181.


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