Dr. Karen Washington is a Visiting Assistant
Professor. She has taught at Governors
State University for six years. Dr.
Washington holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Illinois
Institute of Technology. Her Master of
Education, in Teaching and Learning, was earned at DePaul University and her
Doctor of Education from Loyola University.
Dr. Washington has a lengthy career in education and in politics. She began teaching business and computer
courses in a Catholic high school. Later,
she changed to elementary school where she taught second and fourth grade
students. These experiences prepared her
to hold positions as assistant principal, principal, and regional manager. Upon leaving administration in the public
school system, Dr. Washington became the Deputy Director for the Illinois State
Charter School Commission.
Working in the education field helped Dr. Washington
to see the importance of serving to decrease societal ills. She held and continues to hold voluntary
leadership positions in service-oriented organizations. In addition, Dr. Washington has been an
elected official for nine years. She
began as the Village Clerk and later became a Village Trustee in her town. While holding this position, Dr. Washington decided
to help not-for profit organizations financially. She joined Impact Grants Chicago to help fund
organizations that could diminish societal ills. These experiences augment the depth of her Higher
Education instruction. Dr. Washington teaches
Not-for-Profit/Social Entrepreneurship courses and LEAD courses in the Interdisciplinary
Leadership Program. She also teaches
courses in the Master of Public Administration Program.
Research and Presentations:
Research: National Examination of Common Core Testing
Presentation for National Conference of Black Political Scientists: A National Examination of 4th Grade Test Scores in Reading and Math
Presentation for Teach for Liberia: The Importance of Teaching Critical Thinking
Dissertation: The Effect of Secondary Reading Instruction on Student Achievement in a High Poverty Area