Longtime Computer Science and Mathematics Professor Dr. Karen Donnelly Announces Retirement

June 17, 2013

Longtime Computer Science and Mathematics Professor Dr. Karen Donnelly Announces Retirement

Dr. Karen Donnelly has announced her retirement after 30 years of teaching at Saint Joseph's College. Donnelly started her SJC career in 1983, when she was recruited by the then Academic Dean William L. Downard to teach in the Computer Science Department.

During her time at SJC, Donnelly chaired the Computer Science Department, Academic Cabinet, Admissions Committee, Quantitative Literacy Committee, and Promotion and Tenure Committee. She was also a faculty sponsor for the Computer Club. She received the Edwin G. Kaiser Faculty Scholar Award for her work in writing a laboratory manual with exercises and supplementary software programs for linear algebra using MATLAB. Donnelly supervised three grant proposals as principal or co-principal investigator.

"It was a great 30 years," said Donnelly. "The flexibility and academic freedom that is provided to the faculty makes for a great career."

Most of Donnelly's work at SJC focused on integrating technology into mathematics. She wrote a series of laboratory exercises in MATLAB for both linear algebra and numerical analysis. She developed a series of laboratories for multivariable calculus and for differential equations. Donnelly also used Vernier data acquisition equipment to gather real-time data and mathematically model the results.

A strong advocate for improving quantitative literacy at the College, Donnelly chaired the Quantitative Literacy Committee for two years. The committee worked to obtain the implementation of the quantitative literacy graduation requirement for all students at SJC.

Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "best Midwestern college" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 34 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of 1,100 students.

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