Karen Lahm

COLA Outstanding Teacher Award
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Sociology and Anthropology

Karen Lahm is a respected and effective teacher of sociology, particularly in her subfields of crime and justice studies and applied behavioral science. Dr. Lahm hones her students’ research methods, presentation, and critical thinking skills by introducing them early and often to fresh and challenging datasets and new journal articles, keeping her courses up-to-date and engaging. Although she regularly teaches large-enrollment courses, she knows her students by name and encourages them to take ownership of their classroom experience through active discussion. Dr. Lahm is frequently sought out by students as an advisor and mentor. Her effectiveness in teaching general education and integrating writing into the curriculum has been recognized with university awards for excellence in Writing Across the Curriculum and in general education teaching. She continually hones her teaching through active participation in the Center for Teaching and Learning workshops. She has made her classroom a welcome place for all students through completing Safe Space Training. Dr. Lahm is a role model of teaching effectiveness in her department and college.


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