Karen Bruhn is being honored for her work as an Honors Faculty Fellow and principal lecturer at Barrett, the Honors College at ASU. Bruhn, who joined the honors college faculty in 1998, has been recognized by students, faculty, and administrators alike as an excellent teacher, an active and engaged scholar, and an exceptionally able administrator.
The Human Event, a yearlong reading and writing intensive interdisciplinary seminar that challenges students to think deeply about the complexities of existence, is one of Bruhn’s primary teaching assignments. Her students have praised her enthusiasm, her expertise and her availability outside the classroom. She regularly receives course evaluations with 95 percent of students expressing satisfaction with her classes. She is one of only a few members of the honors faculty who has ever received semester scores of “A” from all her students in all her courses.
She also teaches a number of upper-division seminars, both on ASU’s Tempe campus and in the Barrett Summer Study Abroad program. She is on the graduate faculty for both the History and the Religious Studies departments, and she is an affiliate faculty for the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
Bruhn currently chairs the Barrett faculty and previously served as chair of the college’s curriculum committee in 2009-2010. She contributes regularly to the honor college’s faculty mentoring program. She has led a “World Religions for Teens” class at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, and also has led seminars for the ASU Foundation Presidents’ Community Enrichment Program, which connects metropolitan Phoenix and other Arizona communities to ASU’s visionary scholars.