Karen L. Butler, PhD
Professor of Health Education
Health & Human Performance
Johnson C. Smith University
Karen L. Butler, BS, MA, PhD is a Full Professor of Health Education at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC. She is serving as the Coordinator of Public Health in the Health and Human Performance Department. Areas of interest/expertise include HIV/AIDS education, sexual orientation, and gender issues.
Dr. Butler has 27 years teaching experience and has taught over twenty different Health Education classes. She is the 2002 recipient of the Par Excellence Teaching Award, was awarded the 2003 Distinguished Alumnae Award from Kent State University, was inducted into the Sun Valley High School Distinguished Hall of Fame in 2012, and received the 2020 CATO Par Excellence Teaching Award. She has authored a number of scholarly articles and has presented at a variety of conferences at the international, national, regional, state, and local levels. She is a “triple graduate” of Kent State University with a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Health Education, a Master of Arts in School Health Education, and a BS in Physical Education.
Dr. Butler’s students in her Environmental Health class participate in Service Learning activities at Sustainability Village and with TreesCharlotte. These hands-on experiences facilitate deeper understanding of classroom concepts.