Karen Younger, RN, PhD
Chair, Natural Science Division and Professor of Nursing
Dr. Karen Younger, PhD, RN, Natural Science Division Chair and professor of Nursing, is an experienced nurse educator, clinician, researcher, and evaluator. During her time at Augustana College, she has taught courses and developed curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate level and served in a joint-appointment position at a Magnet-certified regional medical center where she provided leadership for the nursing research program. Dr. Younger has received numerous grant awards related to her research interests in physical activity and health and evidence-based practices in health care and nursing education. She has held numerous leadership positions at Augustana including chair of the Curriculum Council, Director of Assessment and Institutional Research, self-study coordinator for Augustana’s most recent reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, chair of the Institutional Review Board, and chair of the Department of Nursing. Currently she is serving as the Natural Science Division Chair and leading the division in planning new and renovated science facilities. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing and biology from Luther College (Decorah), graduating summa cum laude; her master’s in adult health nursing from the Medical College of Georgia (Augusta, Ga.); and her doctorate in educational research and evaluation with an emphasis in exercise science from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Va.). Col. Younger is retired from the US Army Nurse Corps with nearly 30 years of active and reserve assignments.