Karen Ford

Karen Ford

Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction


Room:TC 829

About Karen Ford

Dr. Ford is an Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction at Ball State University. For the last 5 years she has served as Program Director for the MA in Secondary Education. In May 2017, she stepped down to devote more time to teaching and mentoring doctoral students. She is an active faculty member of the PhD in Educational Studies. In addition, she teaches graduate courses in curriculum, action research, and technology integration. Since 2006, she has been actively involved in the design and delivery of graduate online courses and has consistently taught the capstone research course for MA degree programs at for the Department of Elementary Education and Educational Studies. In 2011 she graduated from a year-long Certificate program sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (originally Sloan-C) and was awarded a Certificate for Online Teaching: Specialty in Design and Delivery of Online Instruction. Her research interests center on “mentoring” as a means of ongoing development for university faculty and doctoral students. She is committed to helping classroom educators make a successful transition to 21st / 22nd century teaching and learning environments.

Professional Experience

Associate Professor - Ball State University

1997-2012 -- Department of Elementary Education. Taught Content Literacy for Secondary Ed. Majors.

Assistant Professor - University of No. Texas

1989-1993 -- Department of Secondary Education. Taught Content Literacy, technology integration, and curriculum courses. Actively involved in Dallas ISD Professional Development Schools Initiative.

Trio Project Director - Thomas More College

1987-1988 – Managed federal program for 1st Generation College Students. Worked on Grant writing for renewal.

Teacher -- Covington ISD (Covington, KY) 1972-1986 – Taught Jr. & High School History & Government. Coached JV & Varsity Cheerleaders.


Ed.D. in C & I/Literacy

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

M.A. in Secondary Education

Northern Kentucky University

B.A. in Education

Northern Kentucky University

Research and Publications

Ford, K., Polush, E. and Brooks, N. (2016) Living theory in action: Preparing a new generation of educational researchers. In Emerging Directions in Doctoral Education, Blessinger, P. and Stockly, D., Eds. Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning Series, Volume 6, 111-127. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. ISSN: 2055-3641/doi: 10.1108/S2055-364120160000006017.

Putman, M., Ford, K. & Tancock, S. (2013). Redefining online discussions: Using participant stances to promote
collaboration and cognitive engagement. International Journal of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, Vol. 24 (2).

Ford, K & Tancock, S. (2011). Using emerging technologies to redefine literacy instruction. Article based on SIG presentation at the annual meeting of the International Reading Association. Technology in Literacy Education-SIG Newsletter, Vol. 5(1).

Ford, K. & Alexander, C. (2000). Promoting adolescent mental health through awareness and literature.! In C. Bowman (Ed.) Health Conflicts. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.

Hinely, R., Leavell, A. & Ford, K. (2000). Education in Edge City: Cases for Reflection and Action., 2nd Ed. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Elem Schl Curriculum 610 800 0000 - 0000
Read Div Sec Cont Cl 320 800 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE