Hamilton named as dean of Franks School of Education

ANGOLA, Ind. – Karen S. Hamilton, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Franks School of Education, was promoted March 1 to dean of the school. She had served as interim dean since January.

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 know Karen will continue to deliver the professionalism, dedication and leadership to continue the high academic standard of Trine University and the Franks School of Education," said John Shannon, Ph.D., vice president for Academic Affairs.  "The Franks School boasts a 100 percent placement rate for 2012 graduates and we can count on Karen to ensure future graduates are just as well prepared for the next step."

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.

"Helping students to become quality teachers will continue to be a priority," Hamilton said. "Trine is known for its work-ready graduates and I intend to help continue that proud tradition."