Karen Tice, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1993 Associate Professor
Dr. Tice (vita in PDF) joined the faculty in 1994. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. Her previous experience includes serving as director of two women's service agencies and as assistant professor of Social Work at Western Carolina University and at Western Kentucky University where she also served as Director of Women's Studies.
Dr. Tice's areas of teaching include gender and education; popular culture and education, race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality in student cultures; and feminist theory. In 1997 she was awarded the UK Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Her book, Tales of Wayward Girls and Immoral Women: Case Records and the Professionalization of Social Work (Illinois 1998) explores the construction of professional authority in social work and how the writing of case narratives created clients, authorities, problems, and solutions. Other published work includes articles on gender and professionalization, social reform and settlement work in Kentucky, the politics of social justice/women’s organizations, service learning and feminist pedagogy, Reality TV makeover shows, and religion and beauty pageantry. Her most recent book, Queens of Academe: Beauty, Bodies and Campus Life, 1920-Present (Oxford University Press, 2012) examines how the politics of gender and race are braided in campus rituals and student life on predominantly white and black campuses. Growing out of this book project is new research on the fusion of popular culture, higher education, and college men.