Karen Caldwell Bryant, Ed.D.


Dr. Karen Bryant serves as the Director of the University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus, a professional education campus that provides access to top-ranked graduate and non-degree programs for working adults in the metro-Atlanta region. The campus also promotes economic and community development through business and community partnerships, training programs, and events.

Prior to joining the graduate faculty at UGA, Dr. Bryant worked for 30 years in K-12 education; serving as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, district director of curriculum, district director of federal programs, and district leadership development mentor. Leadership positions that Dr. Bryant has held in the Mary Frances Early College of Education include Educational Administration and Policy Program Coordinator and Department Head of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy.

Dr. Bryant has taught numerous school and district leaders in Georgia through Educational Leadership degree and certification programs in the Mary Frances Early College of Education. She chairs doctoral committees for candidates who are working toward the EdD in Educational Leadership. Her research interests include collaborative partnerships between school districts and educator preparation programs, action research as a tool to prepare effective scholar-practitioner leaders, and inclusive school leadership. She has served as a consultant working with school districts in Georgia, Texas, and Pennsylvania on leadership development, strategic planning, and school improvement. Dr. Bryant received her Ed.D. from the University of Georgia.

Areas of Expertise

  • School and District Leadership
  • School and University Partnerships
  • Standards and Competencies for Educational Leaders
  • Strategic Planning for Continuous Improvement


  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Preparing Effective Scholar-Practitioners
  • Action Research


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Research Summary

Dr. Bryant participates in research with colleagues in the Department of Lifelong Education Administration and Policy. She also collaborates with colleagues from other research universities and educational agencies in the state, nation, and internationally through the International School Leadership Development Network. Her research focuses on P-12 school and district leadership with an emphasis on partnerships with educator preparation programs, inclusive leadership, and action research as a method for preparing effective educational leaders who focus on continuous improvement.