Karen Buchanan, EdD

Professor of Education

Karen Buchanan

Karen Buchanan joined the George Fox School of Education in 2004 serving as a faculty member and chair of the Undergraduate Teacher Education Department. In partnership with her Dean, she led the School of Education effort to obtain its first national accreditation by NCATE.

In 2010, she began serving in the role as the Dean of Instruction for the University. Her duties included faculty development and Northwest accreditation. Karen now serves on the Doctor of Educational Leadership faculty. Her research agenda centers on family and community engagement in public schools.

Work Experience and Research Interests

Prior to her work in higher education, Karen taught primary grades and talented and gifted students (K-6) in Oregon public schools. Her research interests include pre-service teacher education assessment, assessment literacy of in-service teachers, higher education faculty development, and family engagement in early childhood settings.

Outside the Classroom

Karen’s family is definitely the “love of her life.” She has been married to Tom, her best friend and fellow educator, for more than 30 years. Karen and Tom have two grown children – a son who is a computer engineer and a daughter who serves as an elementary school counselor.