Faculty Advisors

Dean Karen DePauw

Dr. Karen P. DePauw is Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education and 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.

As an academic administrator, she has been a strong advocate for diversity and equity in higher education and has spoken at national conferences on changing roles and responsibilities of faculty, preparing the future professoriate and change facing the 21st century university. Dr. DePauw has held several leadership roles in graduate education. She was a founding member and Facilitator/Chair for the Virginia Council of Graduate School (VCGS), served as President of the Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) 2007-2008 and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). She has been a panelist, speaker and presenter at regional affiliates (CSGS, WAGS) and national CGS meetings and workshops. In addition, she has been an invited speaker for NSF IGERT meetings and NSF Advance conferences and workshops. Dr. DePauw is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of adapted physical activity, disability sport and disability studies. She has published extensively (75+ books, journal articles and chapters), presented keynote and scholar lectures (more than 150) around the world. At WSU and VT, she has served as major advisor for 40+ graduate students and served on 50+ committees.

Her scholarship has focused on inclusion, equity issues, social construction of disability, and sociology of the body. In recognition of her scholarly contributions, she was elected as a member of the American Academy for Kinesiology & Physical Education (AAKPE) in 1997. 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.

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. In the 1970s, she taught with the Los Angeles City and Los Angeles County Schools and California State University – Los Angeles before moving to Washington State University.

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.