Karen Karner joined the faculty of USAO in Fall, 2013, as Clinic Director of the John A. Morris Speech and Language Clinic and an instructor of speech-language pathology. Her clinical background in speech- language pathology includes work in the public schools of Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma, and private practice in both Texas and Oklahoma where her caseloads included early intervention, autism spectrum disorders, adult intellectual disability, and school-age speech and language disorders. She has additional training and experience in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
She has been a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in good standing since 1985. She has earned the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) three times. She presently serves as Vice President-Elect of the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association. At USAO, she serves on the Superior Teaching and Scholarly Activity Committee.
Karner is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where her dissertation research focuses on the social use of language of adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. A fellow of the Leadership in Education and Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) program, Karner brings to her position an understanding of family-centered and culturally competent services that place the patient and the family at the forefront of decision making in the treatment process.
I grew up in Denver, Colorado (Go Broncos!) and am the middle of three children. My research interests include protein structure and folding as well as the reaction pathways of chlorinated organic materials during the water treatment process by chloramines. I met my wife Corrie while working on my Post-doc at Auburn University (War Eagle!) and we have a beautiful new daughter Emma. In my spare time I enjoy singing anything from Barbershop quartets to choral music and musical theater.
The Homecoming Committee is hosting a silent auction to support the Alumni Association Annual Scholarship Fund. The auction will conclude during Alumni Homecoming in November with select items being presented during a live auction.
Four outstanding performances continue the legacy of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma as its thirteenth season opens this fall. Performances scheduled for the series include The Golden Dragon Acrobats (left), Two Part Invention (top right), Ryan and Ryan (middle right) and Ain’t I a Woman? (bottom right). Season tickets for the series can be purchased online at usao.edu/dwpas or through the USAO business office, 405-574-1213.
The electrifying Golden Dragon Acrobats make a triumphal return to Chickasha this fall as part of the thirteenth season of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
Coming off of a stellar season that featured a sitarist, a tap-dance troupe, a world-renowned boys choir and a ground-breaking string quartet, Dr. Ken Bohannon, coordinator for the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series (DWPAS), knew he had his work cut out for him.