Trine names interim dean

ANGOLA, Ind. – Karen Hamilton, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Franks School of Education, has been promoted to interim dean of the school.

Hamilton joined the Trine staff in 2007 as an assistant professor in the Franks School. In February 2011, she was promoted to associate professor. She earned a bachelor's degree and doctorate from the University of Toledo and a master's degree from Bowling Green State University.

"I am pleased to announce Karen's promotion to interim dean of the Franks School of Education. Her years of teaching experience are beneficial as she guides our teacher education students to becoming quality teachers," said John Shannon, Ph.D., vice president for Academic Affairs.  "I can rely on Karen for her leadership and expertise for Trine and our students."

She began her career as a high school English teacher and has taught students from middle school age through college graduates. For several years, she worked in Toledo, Ohio, area schools.

For 13 years, Hamilton was employed by the University of Toledo in its Student Services Center of the College of Education and Allied Professions.

At Trine, Hamilton has taught introduction to teaching and middle school methods courses.

"I greatly enjoy being involved with the preparation of future educators," Hamilton said. "As interim dean, I look forward to continuing to help our students become quality teachers and to uphold Trine's high academic standards."