Karen Vocke

Karen Vocke
Associate Professor of English
(269) 387-2601
(269) 387-2562
719 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5331
Mailing address: 
Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331 USA
  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Toledo, 2001
  • M.A., Teacher Education, Eatern Michigan University, 1992
  • B.A., Speech Communication, Ohio Northern University, 1977
Teaching interests: 
  • Language in multilingual classroom
  • Writing secondary school
  • Writing elementary school
  • Literacy and language
Research interests: 
  • Migrant education
  • Bilingual education
  • International literacy

Dr. Karen Vocke is an associate professor of English at Western Michigan University.

Vocke is the author of Where Do I Go From Here? Meeting the Unique Educational Needs of Migrant Students (Heinemann, 2007) based upon her work with teachers and migrant farm workers across the U.S. She continues her work in the area of migrant education by working extensively with Southwest Michigan school districts in their migrant education initiatives.

Vocke has also conducted research on education in Cuba, and coauthored a chapter on this topic in the World Education Encyclopedia (Galegroup, 2001). Her work in Cuba examined the efficacy of that country's educational system and the means by which Cuba attained one of the world's highest literacy rates in a society of limited resources. Vocke has also published articles in Education Studies and the Language Arts Journal of Michigan.

She has taught at Eastern New Mexico University, the University of Toledo and Eastern Michigan University. At Eastern New Mexico University, she served as Acting Director during the summer of 2002 for the High Plains Writing Project, a local site of the National Writing Project. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, the Michigan Council of Teachers of English, the Conference on English Education, the National Writing Project, and the Third Coast Writing Project (for which she serves as English Language Learner Liaison).  As a believer in the power of community outreach, she regularly implements service-learning initiatives in which her pre-interns tutor and mentor students in area classrooms and social agencies.