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Karen I. Hall, Ed.D., To Join SLU’s School of Education in Fall 2021


Saint Louis University’s School of Education is pleased to announce that Karen I. Hall, Ed.D. will join the educational leadership program as an assistant professor this fall.

Dr. Karen Hall is an accomplished educational consultant and academic leader with extensive experience providing equity-focused leadership and directing academic program administration. Hall retired from the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District this year after serving as its superintendent since 2012.

Karen I. Hall, Ed.D.
Karen I. Hall, Ed.D.

She started her career as a distinguished educator and academic program administrator evaluating curriculum, maximizing learning opportunities, and employing innovative education methods throughout several school districts. Hall has been instrumental in assessment forecasting, analysis, and strategic planning while mentoring, coaching, and supporting educators to ensure professional development and equity-focused student progress.

During her tenure at Maplewood Richmond Heights, she developed enriched learning opportunities throughout the school district. All initiatives centered around social justice, community engagement, and advocacy for students to experience artistic self-exploration balanced with academic rigor. Hall's introduction and implementation of the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP) worked to close the achievement gap so that all students could achieve academic success. Dr. Hall's leadership at the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District culminated with achieving the "District of Distinction" and nationwide attention for strategic sustainability practices.

Her passion for educational equity and excellence is displayed throughout her academic and professional accomplishments. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Outstanding Administrator Award from the Missouri State Thespians Association in 2013 and the Inspiring St. Louisian Award from the St. Louis County NAACP in 2014. She has also received recognition from The National Conference for Community & Justice Metropolitan St. Louis with the Brotherhood Sisterhood Award in 2019 and the 2020 Salute to Excellence in Education from the St. Louis American Foundation.

As an academic leader and educational consultant, Dr. Hall is passionate about advocating for diversity and inclusion at the forefront of every educational endeavor by forging innovative community awareness initiatives, cultivating trusted relationships, and directing organizations to adopt inclusive methodologies.

We are extremely excited to have Dr. Hall join our learning community where she will provide direction and support to our students as well as provide the faculty with insight into equity work in PK-12 education."

Jody Wood, Ed.D.

"Her experience as a superintendent accompanied with her background and connections within the St. Louis educational community will assist the educational leadership program in developing new leaders,” said Jody Wood, Ed.D., who serves as the Director of the Educational Leadership Program in the School of Education. 

“I am thrilled to join the Saint Louis University community. It is an honor to be a member of the region’s premiere School of Education. I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity and I look forward to meeting and collaborating with everyone soon,” Hall said.

Hall, who is currently teaching for the School of Education as an adjunct professor this term, will join the faculty full-time in August 2021.