January 9, 2012


Professional Bio - Karen Muir, Ph.D.

Karen Muir received her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees from the Ohio State University where she studied Cultural Anthropology—specializing in sociolinguistics, folklore, and refugee studies.  Her dissertation focused on Lao refugees in Columbus, Ohio with an emphasis on the roles of the women in that community.

Karen currently serves as Interim Dean of the Arts and Sciences Division at Columbus State.  She has been with CSCC for over twenty years in various roles including Adjunct Faculty member, full-time Instructor, and Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department.  She has also been a Lecturer at the Ohio State University, and taught eighth grade science and reading courses at Southwestern City Schools.  Additionally, she is a freelance consultant for various groups on multicultural, research, and educational issues where she has served as a writer, editor, and reviewer of science, health, and social studies textbooks.

On multiple occasions, Karen has been distinguished as a recipient of Who’s Who of American Teachers.  She has been awarded the College’s Team Excellence Award and the Distinguished Teaching Award, and has held various leadership positions at the College.

Karen is active in her community.  She donates her time to the Volunteers of America Holiday Meals program.  She has served as a District Science Fair judge on numerous occasions.  Karen and her family are passionate about soccer, and she has played a large part in youth soccer programs.  In addition to coaching and refereeing she has served as a Coordinator for the Dublin Soccer Recreation League, Administrator for Ohio South Olympic Development Program, and  Co-Director of the Dublin Charity Cup.  Karen enjoys spending time with her spouse, four children and two grandchildren, traveling, and reading mystery novels, particularly those with a cultural element.