Karen Brown has been named College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Faculty of Distinction for October 2018. Brown was raised in western Michigan and is an alumna of Kalamazoo College where she majored in Biology and Art History. After a period of time working at an outdoor education center, Brown went to Indiana University where she earned an MA and Ph.D. in Art History and African Studies. Her research in South Africa focused on historical Zulu clothing traditions and contemporary evangelical worship practices.
Brown has taught at various institutions in South Africa and Idaho and joined CWI as adjunct faculty in 2009, becoming a full-time faculty member in 2013. She has helped develop the College’s Studio Art and Liberal Art degrees and has served on a number of committees including Faculty Senate, the General Education Advisory Committee, and the Connections Project. Brown enjoys working at CWI because of faculty and staff collegiality, the diverse student body, and the College’s commitment to student success.
Beyond the classroom, Brown enjoys spending time with her husband and son. Her hobbies include traveling, birding, gardening, and textile arts.
Please join us in congratulating Karen on this honorable achievement!