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Sr. Karen Hokanson, SND

Sister Karen Hokanson, SND

Associate Dean of Education; Chair, Department of Education; Director, Carolyn A. Lynch Institute; Assistant Professor of Education

Contact Information


Office Hours

Office: Cardinal Cushing Library, Room G08C

Student Hours: Monday/Wednesday 2:30-4:30; Zoom appointments


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.

Courses I Teach

  • EDUC1111 - Great American Experiment: Education for All
  • EDUC3311 - Secondary Methods: Classroom Management
  • EDUC3312 - Secondary Methods: Strategies of Teaching
  • EDUC4467 - Student Teaching practicum
  • EDUC4468 - Student Teaching Capstone Seminar
  • EDUC4469 - Electronic Teaching Portfolio Development
  • EDUC5701 - Technology for the Educator
  • ITECH3501 - Social Issues in Computing
  • FYS 1101 - Computers in Society: Globalization

Publications & Presentations

  • Keynote Presenter: Social Networking 101:  How to Use Social Media Tools in the 21st Century.
  • Workshop Facilitator: British School Heads: Ayerfield, England. Virtual Learning and Best Practices in using Technology in the Classroom.
  • Contributor: The Virtual Edge: Embracing Technology for Distributed Project Team Success by Margery Mayer. Interviewed by the author and cited in the book on successful collaborative environments.
  • Keynote Presenter: NECNW: "An Introduction to Social Networking and its uses for Religious Congregations." New England Communicators Network for Religious Women.
  • Facilitator: Classroom Management Workshop: Notre Dame AmeriCorps Volunteers.
  • Presenter: CORT: Congregational Religious Treasurers: Topic: Video Conferencing: Flash Meeting and Social Networking Tools: Wellesley, MA.
  • Keynote Presenter: National Communicators Network for Women Religious, Keynote Presenter: Collaborative Technologies: Enhancing Mission, Cincinnati, OH. 
  • Epilogue: Emmanuel College Yearbook, Class of 2011 dedication
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell: Outstanding Community Service Award
  • Salem State University: Outstanding Educator Award
  • Aquinas College: Outstanding Alumna Award
  • Emmanuel College: Faculty Excellence in Service, 2017
  • Mission Grammar School: Community Service Award, 2016

Research Focus

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. 

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