Meet our team
Dr. Elizabeth Karcher
Since 2008, Dr. Karcher has formally taught over 1,900 students in over 46 course offerings. Dr. Karcher has taught a variety of courses, including mammary physiology, animal health, and introduction to animal agriculture. She has developed four study abroad programs focused on dairy management to the Netherlands, sustainable agriculture to Vietnam, and an Animal Science Learning Community program to Italy. She formally advises undergraduate students, mentors graduate students, and mentors undergraduate students on research projects. As the department’s Undergraduate Program Coordinator, she is currently leading the department in a 3-year curricular review.
She has received numerous teaching awards at the college, university, and national level. Examples include the Purdue University Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award, Purdue University PK-12 Emerging Faculty Impact Award, NACTA Teacher Scholar Award, American Dairy Science Association Purina Animal Nutrition Teaching Award, and the NACTA Teacher Fellow Award.
Karcher’s research in learning focuses on the development of innovative experiential learning platforms to enhance student learning and develop intercultural competencies in undergraduate animal sciences curricula. She has published 9 journal articles on education-related topics and is PI for two education-related grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Karcher earned a bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University. She received her postdoctoral training at Michigan State University.
Dr. Karcher is married and has five children: Johanna, Adelyn, Emma, Alexander, and Gabriel. Her passion for animals started at a young age growing up in southeastern Pennsylvania. She is an avid runner and has completed over 25 half marathons and 7 marathons. Dr. Karcher also loves to travel with her family and students. Disney World is her absolute favorite place to vacation with her family and she hopes to visit all five Disney Resorts in the future!