Meet Dean Karen Schuster Webb, Ph.D.
FOUNDER AND VISIONARY
Karen Schuster Webb, Ph.D., professor and founding university dean of the Hufstedler School of Education, is a visionary leader who passionately believes that education is the foundation of nations and that no one should be denied access to educational excellence at any level. She also believes that innovation and excellence are the keys to developing creative and effective solutions for the challenges facing our educational system.
GLOBAL AGENT OF CHANGE
Dean Webb also serves as Alliant's associate provost for engagement. In this role, she is charged with helping to define and document Alliant's role as a significant professional practice university in a global and technologically sophisticated society. Dean Webb is an appointee to the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction, where she serves as the organization's representative to the United Nations Department of Public Information. She continues to be an active scholar, presenting her work and consulting with leaders around the world.
EDUCATOR AND LEADER
Dean Webb joined Alliant in July 2000 to design and develop a school of education. She previously served as dean of the College of Education at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and as program chair for language education at the University of Kentucky. She also held faculty positions at Howard University and Indiana University. Dean Webb received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics: English Education from Indiana University in Bloomington.
Dean Webb is an internationally respected consultant who serves on numerous advisory boards. She has been a member of the Board of Examiners for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, as well as the National Council of Teachers of English Standing Committee on Teacher Preparation and Certification. Her research and presentations are in the areas of linguistics, with a specialty in discourse pragmatics, global leadership in higher education and inclusive pedagogy.