Karen Dodwell, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer

Professional Info: Curriculum Vitae
Email: karen.dodwell@utsa.edu
Phone: (210) 458-4374
Office: MB 2.476


British nineteenth-century literature, Romanticism, the Victorian novel, American literature after 1865.


Karen Dodwell received a B. A. from the University of Houston in 1974, and after working in social services and industry, she returned to University of Houston for graduate work in English.  She earned an M.A. in British and American Literature in 1991 and a Ph.D. in 1998.   She taught at Houston Community College and University of Houston while completing graduate studies, and then moved to the Utah Valley State College (now University) in Orem and taught in the English Department for five years as an assistant professor.  In fall of 2008, she began teaching at UTSA as a lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies (College and Education and Human Development) and in the English Department.  

In spring 2010, Dr. Dodwell was awarded the UTSA President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence for non-tenure track faculty.  In 2011 she received the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for non-tenure track faculty. 

Dr. Dodwell’s focus is teaching undergraduate literature courses, and since her arrival at UTSA in fall 2008, she has introduced three new ENG 3113 Studies in Individual Authors courses—in Jane Austen, George Eliot, and the Bronte Sisters.  She also created the curriculum taught a new Interdisciplinary Studies course titled “Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts.”   Dr. Dodwell’s students won two out of the three awards for the 2010 Martinello Prize for Inquiry and two out of the five awards for undergraduate research papers in the 2011 COLFA Research Conference.

Dr. Dodwell’s most recent conference presentations include a reading from her novel manuscript, The Art of Daughters, at the Texas College English Association Conference in Stephenville, Texas;  a presentation of a paper, “Voices of Biographers, Readers, and Consumers:  Resorting the “Facts” of Jane Austen’s Life”  at the College English Association Conference in San Antonio;  and a reading of a paper A Journey into Polluted Air and Fiery Debates: The Smoke Question in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South.”  18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference, at Texas A&M, College Station.  

Recent Courses


  • Studies in Individual Authors: Jane Austen
  • Studies in Individual Authors: The Bronte Sisters
  • Romantic Literature
  • Introduction to Literature
  • British Literature II
  • American Literature After 1945
  • Women and Literature

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