Karen L. McComas, EdD, earned a BA (1977) and MA (1978) in Speech Pathology and
Audiology at Marshall University. In 2011, she earned a doctoral degree, majoring in
Curriculum and Instruction with an area of emphasis in social inquiry. Dr. McComas worked
as a speech-language pathologist in the public schools from 1978-1986 and joined the
faculty of Marshall University in August of 1986. Currently, she is the Assistant
Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and the NCAA Faculty Athletic
Representative. Dr. McComas’ research activities include narrative studies, based on oral
and life histories, about the development of research identities in women and the lives
of family members of individuals who have disabilities. Additionally, she is engaged in
an ethnographic study of a community of research practice and a study of research as a
pedagogical strategy. 



Tools and Community : How Women Become Researchers in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Theses and Dissertations (2010)

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Having a Disability in Appalachia: Social and Cultural Considerations (with Sara Henson, Megan Foster, Hilliary Johnson, and Jordan Lewis), ASA Annual Conference (2014)

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Cultural Language Variations: An Examination of Appalachian Discourse (with Katherine Ward), ASA Annual Conference (2014)

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Living in the "Stroke Belt:" Why Studies of Appalachian Discourse Are Important (with Katherine McComas Maddy, Katherine Ward, and Sara Henson), ASA Annual Conference (2014)

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