Karen L. McComas, Ed.D., CCC-S/A, is the Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Provost, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. She has oversight of numerous student support, retention, and success units and initiatives, including the Center for Student Success, the Office of Career Education, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and University College. McComas is also the primary contributor to the development of the End-to-End (E2E) Student Experience Project, the HERD Start Early Academy, and the MARCO mentoring project.
McComas first joined the faculty in 1986 and holds the tenure and rank of Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders, where she taught for 26 years. In 2012, McComas became the Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and in 2014 she was promoted to the position of Executive Director for the CTL. In that capacity, she led efforts to shape the institution’s approach to professional development for non-tenure track faculty; pre-tenured faculty; mid-career, tenured faculty; and post-tenure, senior faculty. Simultaneously, she also organized professional development events focused on promoting student success and achieving curricular outcomes at the course level, program level, and institutional level.