Karen Morris

Contact Information

karenmorrisphoto Karen Morris
Program Director, AP-TIP IN
100G Carole Sandner Hall
574.631.6945
morris.3@nd.edu

Department/affiliation

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Degrees

Master of Arts (M.A.), Curriculum and Instruction (Science); Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI - 1993

Bachelor of Science, (B.S.), Chemistry Education; Purdue University - 1986

Research interests

Science education; teacher education; engagement strategies, programs and projects pertaining to student persistence in high school and college attainment - particularly as this applies to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) careers

Honors/awards

University of Notre Dame Presidential Award Winner. 2000

St. Joseph County Public Library Science Alive Recognition - 2012

College Board Midwest Region Partnership Award Winner - 2014

Bio

Karen Morris is the Program Director for the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program in Indiana (AP-TIP IN) at the Univ. of Notre Dame. Employed at Notre Dame since 1987, her work started in the General Chemistry program developing learning strategies and activities focused on student engagement and learning of chemistry concepts. Extending this work to pre-college environments in early 2000 provided Karen an opportunity to engage students and teachers in many different areas of STEM such as: targeted professional development for K - 8 teachers, on-campus programs for middle school students, and the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair for students in grades 3 - 12.

As AP-TIP IN Program Director, Karen directs 30 Indiana high schools in the expansion of AP math, science and English courses as well as implements success strategies in order to increase the number of AP qualifying scores in those courses. Karen actively participates in the NSTA and the Hoosier Assoc. of Science Teachers (HASTI), is a member of the her church's music ministries, coaches cheerleading in local schools, officiates at high school track events and enjoys traveling with her husband to visit her children in college.