Office: Cardinal Cushing Library, Room G08C
Office hours: Monday/Wednesday 2:00 – 4:30; T/Th by appointment
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Lowell; M.Ed., Boston University; B.S., Salem State College
Sister Karen Hokanson has taught full time in the Education Department since 2002. She is a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, an International Congregation of religious women who founded Emmanuel in 1919.
Sister Karen believes that "Educators in the twenty-first century need to embrace technology to empower others with its use." Her doctoral dissertation focused on strategic planning for technological change in schools. Sister Karen holds both instructional and administrative licenses from the Department of Education, State of Massachusetts. She is actively involved in the Notre Dame Virtual School which provides online learning for schools affiliated with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
What I Love About Emmanuel:
I love the culture of Emmanuel that embodies the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. This is a culture of collaborative inquiry that is centered on students, their learning and their healthy development which is grounded in the mission and good works of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
My interests include conducting scholarly practitioner research on classroom teaching and technology practices as it impacts schools today as well as collaboration with school administrators on best practices for teachers and school administrators.
My research focus is on how educational technology practices impact today's classroom. The research examines the technology planning process through analyzing technology planning documents, examining the role of the school leader in implementing the planning process, and identifying relationships among the elements of planning, leadership and practice.