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After dedicating much of her life to helping students to develop skills they needed to succeed in their education at UCM, Karen Haase is now taking advantage of extra time to serve as a church volunteer, travel, visit with family and friends, and enjoy her four grandsons. She retired from the university in May as an instructor emeriti of study skills.
Haase began her career in education teaching fourth-graders in the Knob Noster public schools from 1967 to 1970. She took time out from teaching to raise her children during the 1970s, then joined the university in 1980 as a part-time TRIO Reading Teacher in the Educational Development Center, now known as the Department of Academic Enrichment. She was an adjunct reading teacher for nine years, and took a full-time, non-tenure track faculty post in 1989, where she served until her recent retirement.
Her duties on the Academic Enrichment faculty included working individually and in small groups in reading instruction, math review and tutoring, learning strategies and test preparation for standard tests. She taught classes such as College Reading and Study Skills, Speed Reading, and Pre-Algebra Review.
In addition to her full-time teaching load, Haase was a 26-year member of the Young Authors Conference Steering Committee, where she held leadership posts including serving as chair. She also served as president, vice president, and secretary of the UCM Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, and participated on numerous Faculty Senate, university and department committees.
Haase earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and an education specialist degree in curriculum and instruction from Central Missouri. She also earned a master’s degree in elementary education at Mississippi State University.