Dr. Karen Henman

Associate Professor of Science Education


  • Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology in Science Education from Indiana State University
  • Masters in Science Education from Indiana University
  • Bachelor of Education with a Science Endorsement from Ball State University

Subject Areas Taught at Brenau

  • Innovations in Science
  • Ecology for Teachers
  • Environmental Science for Teachers
  • Science Concepts
  • Science Methods
  • Teaching for Understanding in Science
  • Classroom Management

Areas of Expertise

  • Water Quality
  • Ornithology
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecology
  • Integrated Science
  • Nonprofit Leadership
  • Content Bias Review
  • Science Education Materials Review
  • Remote Sensing
  • Conference Planning

Research Interests

  • Females Motivation and Achievement in Science
  • Inquiry Learning
  • Middle Grades Education
  • STEM
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Awards and Accolades


  • 2011 Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society
  • 2008 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships

  • 2014 Masters in Teaching Award
  • Featherbone Communiversity, Gainesville, GA
  • 2008 Paul Witty Scholarship
  • 2005 HASTI Distinguished Service Award
  • 2004 Indiana Audubon Society James Mason Service Award
  • 2002 Indiana Academy of Science Research Fellowship Grant
  • 2004 NASA Student Involvement Program First Place National Winner

Academic Affiliations and Leadership Positions held

  • Associate Professor of Science Education, College of Education, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA
  • Advise M.Ed. EE and MG graduate students
  • Served on the Brenau University Faculty Development Committee
  • Lead Instructor for 15 courses for the Brenau University College of Education. The courses I teach include AA, BA, MAT, MED, EDS, and EDD students.
  • Past Chairman of Academic Affairs
  • Project PRE Instructor, Indiana State University – Duties: Instructed high school biology teachers in current instructional methods for teaching biology

What are three words that best describe your teaching philosophy?

World Class Education

Favorite Quote

Those who dwell among the beauty and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. – Rachel Carson