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Director, Master of Arts Program
Assistant Professor of Education

• M.A.T. Alaska Pacific University
• B.S. Education, Towson University

Karen McCain, Assistant Professor in Education, began her trek to Alaska nearly 40 years ago. After graduating from Towson University in Maryland with a B.S. in Education, Karen packed a VW and headed to Anchorage. The lure of the classroom held her as an Anchorage School District teacher for over 20 years.
After retirement, Karen began traveling to rural Alaska working with educators throughout the state. She has been an institute leader in Reading Institutes and offered professional development in many rural areas.

At Alaska Pacific University, Karen has taught in the education department since retirement from the public school system. The joy of teaching methods courses and working with future teachers help to keep the “wonder of education” alive. Mentoring and advising MAP students adds a new depth of research and current best practices to the forefront in a multitude of concentrations.
To enjoy the wonders of Alaska, Karen enjoys scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, camping and relaxing at the cabin that she and her husband built on a recreational lake. The glory of being at this stage in your life—the “joy of grandchildren” and the opportunities to travel throughout our great country.

Alaska Pacific University – a wonderful place to work and share the excitement of education with many people. The best thing about APU – without a doubt, the opportunities and the students. Everyday new ideas, challenges, and friendship fill the halls and campus of APU.