Dr. Karen DePauw, Dean of the Graduate School
Dr. Karen P. DePauw is Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education, and a tenured Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Prior to employment at Virginia Tech, she served 22 years on the faculty and as an administrator at Washington State University. Since her arrival at Virginia Tech, her major accomplishments include success in building a strong diverse graduate community, the establishment of the innovative Graduate Life Center (GLC), and the signature initiative known as Transformative Graduate Education (TGE). As Graduate Dean, she teaches three graduate courses: Preparing the Future Professoriate, Citizen Scholar Seminar, and PFP: Global Perspectives seminar annually.
Dr. DePauw earned a B.A. in Sociology from Whittier College, M.S. in Special Education from California State University, Long Beach, and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University. Her scholarship has focused on inclusion, equity issues, social construction of disability, and sociology of the body. Throughout her academic career, she has served in leadership positions for national and international associations, received numerous honors and awards and has worked extensively with the United States Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and the Olympic & Paralympic Congresses since 1984.