Faculty Advisors

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.

Joe Edens, M.Ed.

Joe Edens is the Assistant Director for Student Government Advising and A/P Faculty Advisor for the Graduate Student Assembly and Student Government Association at Virginia Tech. Joe earned a B.S. in Secondary Education from Bowling Green State University in 2011, and an M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Virginia Tech in 2015. Prior to serving in his current role, Joe served as the Graduate Assistant for Student Government at Virginia Tech and worked in product development. While at Virginia Tech, Joe served at the Chairman of the Commission on Student Affairs, was a representative to University Council, and served as a Delegate in the Graduate Student Assembly for the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Joe is a dedicated member of the Association of College Unions International, serving in various capacities locally, regionally, and nationally. A first generation college student, Joe is committed to the expansion, access, and support of higher education for those who wish to seek it and the development of the holistic student.