Karen Gauthier

karen gauthier

Title: Associate Professor of History

Company: Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Location: Lexington, Kentucky, United States

Karen Gauthier, Associate Professor of History at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history education.

Since her years in elementary and high school, Dr. Gauthier always had a deep love for history. In order to continue learning throughout her life, she pursued a career in education and taught at the elementary school level, as well as kindergarten level. For 20 years, she excelled as a classroom teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana, touching the lives of so many young students. Upon reading the biography of Katharine Graham, a renowned newspaper publisher, she was brought back to her love for history and wished to fully pursue the field.

Notably, since 2012, Dr. Gauthier has served as an associate professor of history at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, Kentucky. With a specialty in colonial America, she teaches three classes per semester and coordinates all of the history and political science classes at the institution. In addition, she is in charge of scheduling, student needs, attending meetings, hiring adjunct professors, and more.

Dr. Gauthier first earned a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of New Orleans in 1974. One year later, in 1975, she received a Master of Arts in special education from Florida State University before returning to the University of New Orleans to obtain a Master of Arts in history in 2000. Additionally, in 2012, she achieved a Doctor of Philosophy in history from the University of Kentucky, where she had earned an academic scholarship for research.

Looking back on her illustrious career, Dr. Gauthier recalls her most notable achievement has been joining Bluegrass Community and Technical College due to her exceptional rapport with students. She attributes her success simply to hard work, as well as a passion for her area of teaching. With this sentiment, she also credits her mentors, Dr. Warren Billings, Dr. Dave Bowman, and Dr. Joan Melish, for their constant motivation and inspiration throughout her career. Today, Dr. Gauthier maintains member affiliation with the Native American Indigenous Studies Association and serves as a board member to the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. In five years’ time, she hopes to retire and take on more administrative work.


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