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Karen KeatonCUNY-Michigan SBE Alliance
Wayne State UniversityDetroit, MI
Recent Ph.D. Karen Keaton is a native Detroiter with an exemplary record of academic achievement. Ms. Keaton began her academic career at Hampton University in Virginia, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English with Summa Cum Laude distinction and secondary education certification. At Hampton, she was recognized for her university and community service and was elected to leadership positions in several student organizations.
Ms. Keaton was accepted into the doctoral program at Wayne State in fall 1998 as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of English. While pursuing her Ph.D., she earned an M.A. degree in English and accumulated a number of awards, including the Doretta Burke Sheill Scholarship and the Terrance King Endowed Memorial Fellowship in English. In summer 2000, she was chosen to attend the Computers in Writing-Intensive Classrooms Institute at Michigan Technological Institute. For the 2003-2004 academic year, she was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York where she taught courses on multicultural literacy
In addition, she has been a recipient of The King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship for the past four years. A university-wide competition, this fellowship was established to assist students who intend to pursue a full-time teaching position in a post-secondary institution within one year of receiving their doctoral degree. Ms. Keaton received her Ph.D. in May of this year and has already fulfilled her commitment to the initiative by accepting a tenure track position at North Carolina Central University. In the fall 2004 semester, she will start as an assistant professor of composition and literature.
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