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Texas State doctoral graduate honored as Blumberg Scholar

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
December 12, 2013

Karen Backor

Karen Backor

Karen Backor, an August graduate of Texas State University’s doctoral program in school improvement, was recently honored by the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision (COPIS) as a Blumberg Scholar.

The award is given to doctoral students or recent graduates for outstanding research. Backor’s award was based on her Ph.D. dissertation research on how university principal preparation programs can prepare aspiring principals to be instructional leaders. In her research, Backor interviewed professors of supervision, principals, and teacher leaders identified by an expert panel as outstanding instructional leaders, and created a model for principal preparation based on those interviews.

Backor received the award at the opening session of the council’s annual conference, held this year at Penn State University, and presented her research to conference participants the following day. Backor is currently an assistant professor of education and director of field experiences at Schreiner University.