Illinois College Professor of Political Science Karen Dean has been appointed the Ruth Badger Pixley Professorship of Social Sciences for her excellence in teaching the social sciences.
Dean, employed at the college since 1984, is known as an excellent teacher among several generations of Illinois College students. Said one student, “It is so sad to be done with a course with her … I would have never imagined in my life that I would be that emotional talking about a professor. She is far more than a professor for us, and that is only because she cares so much.” Yet another student expressed, “Karen Dean made coming to class worthwhile and really made me feel like I was not just going to class but changing the world each day I was there.”
Dean has made extraordinary contributions and led numerous initiatives at Illinois College to improve teaching, learning and student success. In 2004 she headed the college’s reaccreditation committee; she was co-convener of a teaching initiative from 1995 to 2001, organized and led an honors retreat, organized and directed a faculty retreat on student engagement and developed the Yates Fellowship Program for first-generation students.
Dean assumed the role as director of the Al Habtoor Leadership Center in July. She will work to build leadership among Illinois College students and faculty.