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Dr. Karmen Stephenson

Academic Affairs Coordinator


Karmen joined University Honors in August 2021.  She was previously an Academic Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Karmen has taught courses in anthropology, women’s and gender studies, and she has instructed University Honors courses at UTK.  She has also worked as a high school Spanish teacher.

Her responsibilities include:

  • Coaching upper-division honors students on their research and capstone experiences
  • Managing the thesis/capstone process for Honors

Karmen grew up in North Carolina and Florida but Tennessee is truly home now.

Clifton Strengths: Achiever, Individualization, Learner, Intellection, Analytical


B.A. Anthropology with a Second Major in Romance Languages (Spanish), University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill

M.A. Cultural Anthropology, University of Tennessee—Knoxville

Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, University of Tennessee–Knoxville