May 22, 2013

Stallman to direct continuing education program

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Karen Stallman is the new director of Continuing Education and Outreach at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

A double alumna of the University, Stallman earned her Bachelor of Science degree and Illinois teaching certificate in 1983 and her master’s degree in 1987.  Both degrees are in agricultural education. 

Employed at Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) since July 2004, Stallman has been director of sustainability since 2010, leading the college’s Sustainability Center initiatives.  Also while at SWIC, she was director of the Green Jobs/Green Economy Initiative, vice provost of the Red Bud Campus and admissions specialist. 

Stallman’s previous experience includes more than two years as a grant writer/researcher for Workforce Education and Development at SIU Carbondale, and time as a regional coordinator for the Illinois Secretary of State’s Illinois Organ/Tissue Donor Program.  She also worked nearly 20 years with the University of Illinois Extension in Randolph County, including a decade as unit leader and nine years as youth development extension adviser. 

Her experience includes developing educational programs and initiatives of various types.  Stallman began her duties as Continuing Education and Outreach director on May 20, and will be working with units and departments across campus and in the community to build Continuing Education and Outreach and its programs.

Continuing Education and Outreach is part of Auxiliary Services on campus and provides non-credit educational opportunities.  The office coordinates more than 200 non-credit conferences, workshops and programs annually, serving thousands of people. 

Stallman and husband, Ed, reside on a farm near Ellis Grove.  She is the mother of two; Jamie Long is a plant and soil science major at the SIU Carbondale while Jacob Long attends Chester High School.