Karen Rabren

Mildred Cheshire Fraley Distinguished Professor


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Office: 1230A Haley Center

Units: Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling

Campus Mail: 2084 Haley Center

Email: rabreks@auburn.edu

Phone: (334) 844-2082

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Academic Areas

Collaborative Teacher Special Education

Early Childhood/Elementary Special Education


Short Bio

Karen Rabren, PhD, is a Mildred Chesire Fraley Distinguished Professor in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling at Auburn University.

Her career has centered on the transition of youth with disabilities as they assume young adult roles. Her research interests include the post-school outcomes for students with disabilities and the development, implementation, and evaluation of transition services and programs. She began her professional journey as a preschool teacher then turned her attention to special education becoming a teacher, state training coordinator, state program director, and professor.

As the director of the state’s 5-year transition systems change grant, she led a talented team at the Alabama State Department of Education as they helped public schools establish secondary transition programs. She continued her focus on transition as a faculty member at Auburn University. She served as the Auburn Transition Leadership Institute for over a decade and was a co-founder of Auburn’s EAGLES program for students with intellectual disabilities. She has supported her teaching, research, and outreach with over 10 million dollars in extramural funding. She has received awards for her research, outreach, and teaching. She has held state and national leadership roles and has a long history of serving on editorial boards related to transition such as the Journal of Career Development and Transition and Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. She coordinates the Education Specialist in Collaborative Teacher-Special Education and Transition Specialist Graduate Certificate programs.

Dr. Rabren is originally from Montgomery, Alabama. Throughout her youth she showed American Quarter Horses and continues to enjoy horseback riding today. She is married to Donnie Rabren and they have three children and three grandchildren. She likes to travel, whether that be on short expeditions within her home state, or national and international adventures. She enjoys baking cookies with her grandchildren and taking them “treasure hunting” at local thrift stores.

Education

Ph.D. in Special Education, 1994, Auburn University

M.Ed. in Special Education, 1987, Auburn University

B.S. in Elementary Education, 1983, Auburn University Montgomery


Professional Experience

2018 - Present

Mildred Cheshire Fraley Distinguished Professor, Auburn University

2018 - 2019

Interim Director, EAGLES Postsecondary Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, Auburn University

2016 - Present

Program Coordinator, Transition Specialist Graduate Certificate, Auburn University

2015 - Present

Program Coordinator, Education Specialist Program in Collaborative Teacher-Special Education, Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, & Counseling

2010 - 2018

Professor, Auburn University

2006 - 2017

Director, Auburn Transitional Leadership Institute, Auburn University

2004 - 2006

Associate Director, Auburn Transitional Leadership Institute, Auburn University

2004 - 2010

Associate Professor, Auburn University

2000 - 2004

Assistant Professor, Auburn University

1997 - 2000

Director, Alabama Transition Initiative, Alabama State Department of Education, Montgomery, Alabama

1996 - 1997

Director, Alabama Transition Initiative, Alabama Transition Initiative, Alabama State Department of Education, Montgomery, Alabama

1996 - 1997

Training Specialist, Alabama Transition Initiative, Alabama State Department of Education, Montgomery, Alabama

1994 - 1996

Program Coordinator, Distance Education Transition Training Program, Auburn University, Alabama

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