Karen McComas

Karen McComas
Dr. Karen McComas

Karen McComas, Ed. D., CCC-S/A,  is an associate professor of Communication Disorders at Marshall University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of fluency, phonology, and professional literacies for Speech-Language Pathologists. Additionally, Dr. McComas supervises graduate clinicians at Marshall University’s Speech and Hearing Clinic. She recently completed her dissertation, a qualitative study exploring how women in CSD become researchers.

Recent Publications

McComas, K. (2009). Developing professional identities: A goal for educational programs. In C. Bowen (Ed.), Children’s speech sound disorders, 185-189. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

McComas, K. (2009). Electronic portfolios as catalysts for change in the summer institute. National Writing Project (http://nwp.org/).

McComas, K., & Childress, R. (2009). A proposed model for policy development in higher education: Strengthening the role of research. SRCEA 2009 Yearbook.

McComas, K.  (2004).  Cow tale:  A story of transformation in two MOO communities.  In Inman, J., Reed, C., & Sands, P. (Eds.), Electronic collaboration in the humanities:  Issues and options (pp. 241-254).  Hillsdale, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

McComas, K. & Lloyd, C. (2003).  Reflection as tension and voice in teaching portfolios.  The WAC Journal, 14, 67-85.

Cantrill, C. & McComas, K.  (2001, September-October).  NWP technology liaisons:  New leaders at local sites.  The Voice, 6, 28.

McComas, K.L. (1996). Developing and Sustaining Online Communities for Teachers. Teaching in the Community Colleges Journal [online]. Available: http://leahi.kcc.hawaii.edu/org/tcon2k/paper/paper_mccomask.html

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (1997).  Technology 2000:  Clinical applications for speech-language pathology. Rockville, MD:  Speech-Language Pathology 2000:  Technological advances and clinical applications committee.

Editorial Consultant:  American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (1996-1998).

McComas, K.L. and Lucker, J.R. (1996). Simulation activities in a virtual environment. Teaching in the Community Colleges Journal [online]. Available: http://leahi.kcc.hawaii.edu/org/tcc_conf96/mccomas.html

Recent Presentations

McComas, K.L., Thomas, L.B., Frank, S.T., McNealy,K.K., Reynolds, M.E., & Miller, B.A. (2009, November). Community of Research Practice: A Story of Cultural Change. Seminar accepted for presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA.

McComas, K.  (2008, March).  Developing student support groups. Panel presentation, with Rachel Alley and David Lawson, at the Spring 2008 Doctoral Student/Faculty Seminar in South Charleston, WV.

Spatig, L., McComas, K., & Wasinger, T. (2008, March).  Qualitative research. Presentation at the Spring 2008 Doctoral Student/Faculty Seminar in South Charleston, WV.

McComas, K., Gooding, A., Mitchell, K., & Goodman, A. (2008, August).  Responding to scholarly writing in faculty writing groups.  Presentation at the annual orientation meeting for the Faculty Writing Groups at Marshall University, Huntington, WV.

McComas, K., Bellino, J., & Cantrill, C.  (2008, November).  Reading the research:  Media education and literacy in the 21st century. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project in San Antonio, TX.


Reviewer:  Applications for Continued Funding (National Writing Project Site Grants, 2004-present).

Project Director:  [$50,000 – 2004; $50,000 – 2006; $20,000 – 2007] Digital Literacy Initiative (National Writing Project, Berkeley, CA:  2004-2007).

Director:  [$10,000.00 award; 2001-2003] Technology Liaison Initiative (National Writing Project, Berkeley, CA.: 2001-2003).

Project Director:  [$5000.00 second year award] Marshall University Writing Project Technology Liaison Mini-Grant (National Writing Project, Berkeley, CA:  2002).

Project Director: [$3000.00] Marshall University Writing Project – Teacher Inquiry Community Network (National Writing Project, Berkeley, CA: 1999-2000).

Reviewer:  National Science Foundation Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Proposal (1999).

Project Director:  Special Projects, Marshall University, Huntington, WV.  CPETS:  Center for Pedagogy-Educating A Technological Society (1997-1999).