Karen Younger, RN, PhD
Chair, Natural Science Division and Professor of Nursing
Dr. Karen Younger, Natural Science Division Chair and professor of Nursing, returned to Augustana after being called to active duty in March 2006. She was assigned to the Community Based Health Care Organization (CBHCO) at Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Illinois. During her time with CBHCO, Col. Younger served as a case manager for Army guard and reserve soldiers who remained in a medical hold status following injuries or illnesses that occurred while serving on active duty. Col.Younger has completed over 28 years of commissioned service in the Army Nurse Corps and retired from military service in June 2007. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing and biology from Luther College (Decorah, Iowa), graduating summa cum laude; her master's in nursing and adult health nursing, from the Medical College of Georgia (Augusta, Ga.); and her doctorate in educational research and evaluation from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Va.). She is Board-certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Medical Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist.