Karen Nicholas, Ph.D.
Dr. Karen Nicholas works with FSU student athletes to develop reading and writing strategies for academic success, find independence from study skills training, and overall to become independent learners.
Dr. Nicholas received her B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Education from Florida State University. She has over 13 years of teaching experience in elementary through college, having taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Major Advisor in the School of Teacher Education at Florida State University and as a Professor at Southeastern University. During her educational career, she has held such titles as teaching assistant director, elementary and secondary learning specialist, and secondary education job placement counselor. Dr. Nicholas is currently a member of the Phi Delta Kappa Education Honor Fraternity, Pi Lambda Theta, and the Council for Exceptional Children. She is also a former high school volleyball coach and national educational consultant.
Dr. Nicholas’ dissertation is titled: The Effects of Structured Writing Strategy Training on Expository Compositions Produced by African-American Postsecondary Students with Learning Disabilities. Dr. Nicholas has contributed research to or published in Reading Horizons, The Elementary School Journal, and Academic Exchange Quarterly, among others. She also recently completed a book chapter, “Special Education”, in the book entitled I’m a People Person: A Guide to Human Service Professions. She is a longtime resident of Tallahassee and currently lives with her son, Ryan, who will be a freshman at Chiles High School in Fall 2010.