Dean - School of Arts & Sciences
Professor of English
PhD - University of Kansas
MHL - Ottawa University
MA - New York University
BA and BFA - University of Tennessee
Dr. Karen Ohnesorge is currently the Dean of The School of Arts & Sciences, Dean of Instruction at The College and professor of English. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee, both with highest honors. She earned her master’s in English-creative writing from New York University and her doctorate in English from the University of Kansas.
She has served as adjunct instructor for Neosho County Community College Extension in Ottawa, Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Mass. and Johnson County Community College.
Dr. Ohnesorge’s past experience involves assistant editor for the American Art Review, director for the Academic Achievement Center in Ottawa, project assistant and support services coordinator for Supportive Educational Services/Student Support Services at the University of Kansas, project coordinator for TRIO Dissemination Partnership & Dean’s Scholars Program and associate director of Academic Programs for Excellence at the University of Kansas, and director of the Center for Excellence at OU.
Dr. Ohnesorge has extensive published works, has conducted several conference presentations, and holds many honors including OU’s College Class of 1966 Award from the Senior Class for having “changed lives and challenged students to achieve.”