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Karen Hickman


I was born in Hartford City, Indiana; I have lived in Knoxville, Tennessee and Cincinnati, Ohio, but have been in West Lafayette since 1978, so that certainly feels like home.


  • B.S. in Audiology and Speech Sciences, Purdue University
  • M.A. in Audiology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • M.S. in Child Development, Purdue University
  • Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education

Work Experience:

  • Clinical Audiologist, University of Tennessee Speech and Hearing Center, Cincinnati Speech and Hearing Center, St. Elizabeth Hospital (Lafayette)
  • Preschool Teacher, Village Nursery School, West Lafayette
  • University Supervisor, Department of Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University
  • Academic Advisor, Department of Child Development and Family Studies, College of Health and Human Sciences

Advice for Boilermakers:

Learn well and add experiences that will help you toward your career goal. But make sure you take time to enjoy your time at Purdue—it will go by quickly!

Fun Facts:

  • I am the mother of 4 Purdue grads…our family bleeds black and gold!
  • I like most sports and go to most home football and basketball games.
  • Back in the 1980's, Purdue published basketball cards with Purdue players on them. I happen to be on Glenn Robinson's basketball card, cheering in the background but with a red sweater on (my excuse is that it was the Christmas season). I have since improved my choice of game apparel!