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Karen F. Edwards

Karen F. Edwards

Associate Professor
Behavioral Health & Nutrition
042 Carpenter Sports Bldg.

Research Interests

  • Interactive Teaching Methodologies
  • Alcohol and Drug Prevention Strategies


  • Ed.D., Temple University, 1992
  • M.S., Indiana University, 1977
  • B.S., Indiana University, 1972

Professional Experience

  • 2003-2004, English Language Arts Summer Instructor, Red Clay Consolidated School, Wilmington, DE
  • 1992-present, Associate Professor, University of Delaware
  • 1999-present, Project Alert: National Alcohol and Drug Curriculum Trainer and Curriculum Consultant
  • 1997-1999, Prevention Specialist, YMCA Delaware
  • 1989-1991, Department Chairperson and Professor, Department of Health and Physical Education, Cecil Community College, North East, MD


  • HESC 214, Wellness
  • HESC 230, Small Group Facilitation
  • HESC 315, Methods and Materials in Drug Education
  • HESC 325, Methods and Materials in Sexuality Education
  • HESC 414, Methods and Materials in Health Education (includes elementary and secondary clinical placement)

Recent Publications

  • Edwards, K., (2002), “ Tobacco Prevention Lesson Plans and Interactive Teaching Strategies”, American Lung Association of Delaware, Wilmington, DE
  • Edwards, K., (1999), Sexual harassment prevention training for coaches: Staying within the boundaries. Strategies
  • Edwards, K., (1999). “Silent Witness”: Interactive teaching methodology for prevention of interpersonal violence. Journal of Health Education
  • Edwards, K., & J. Bibik (1998). “How are you feeling today; teaching for emotional literacy". Journal of Health Education, 29,371-372
  • Edwards, K., (1999). Out of the Rain HIV/AIDS Curriculum. Wilmington, DE
  • Edwards, K., (1998). State of Delaware Department of Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Prevention Curriculum for Direct Caregivers
  • Edwards, K., (1997): Prevention Curriculum “Back on Track” for Level 2 Adjudicated Youth, Delaware YMCA, Wilmington, DE
  • Edwards, K., (1996). Alcohol and Drug Prevention Curriculum “ADP” for Level 1 Adjudicated Youth, Delaware YMCA, Wilmington, DE

Honors, Awards, and Major Professional Offices Held

  • Curriculum Consultant Red Clay School District (2000-present)
  • Curricular Consultant Christina School District (2001-present)
  • Delaware Women’s Alliance for Sport /Fitness Board of Governors(2003-present)
  • Appointment to Governor’s Health Education Council (2004)
  • Student Advisor, Eastern District American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (2002-2004)
  • Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, School Health Education Specialist (SHEA) member designated to disperse campus sexuality information (1996-present)
  • President’s “Mentor Circle” Recipient, University of Delaware (2001)
  • University Teaching Excellence Award, University of Delaware (1997)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics, University of Delaware (1996)
  • Appointment to Governor’s Committee on Health Education, 1994-1999
  • Governor’s Health Education Standards Writing Team (1997-2000)
  • Member, Facilitator and Crises Intervention Specialist, Sexual Offense Support Crises Intervention Group, 1992-2000
  • College Instructor of the Year, Cecil Community College, 1985
  • College Instructor of the Year, Cecil Community College, 1983
  • Phi Delta Kappa, (Education), 1997-present
  • Eta Sigma Gamma, (Health Education), 1972-present
  • Phi Theta Kappa, (Physical Education) 1972-present
  • Honorary Induction, Phi Theta Kappa, (Education), Cecil Community College 1983

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