Employee Spotlight: Karen Dalke













Name: Karen Dalke

Position at UWGB: Senior Lecturer

Summary of what you do: Teach classes in anthropology, sociology, public and environmental affairs along with human-animal research focusing on mustangs of the American West.

How long have you been employed: Since 2004

Brief history of employment with UWGB: Started as an ad-hoc, had a year as an instructor, then became a lecturer and then promoted to Senior Lecturer

Three words that describe you: Organized, hard-working, creative

Personal interests: Non-human animals, jogging, and travel


Any favorite line from a movie?

“Let’s be independent together” (Rudolph)

Are you messy or organized?


Best vacation you’ve been to?

South Africa

Describe what you were like at age 10.

Introverted and loved reading books.

Do you have a favorite quote?

The earth would be nothing without the people, but the man would be nothing without the horse. “Author Unknown.

Favorite travel spot? 

Anywhere with a preference for France.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?

It doesn’t matter as it would be pretty short.

If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be? 

Dalai Lama

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?


If you were an animal what would you be?

Wild dog

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

It Ain’t Been Easy

If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be?


If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save?

My passport

Least favorite Food?


Motto or personal mantra?

I’m just peachy!

Top 3 life highlights?

Going to France at 16, getting married, finishing my PhD on wild mustangs

What advice would you give to recent new hires?

Study the culture of the university before trying to change it.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

Doing field research

What book did you read last?

Harold and the Purple Crayon

What did you want to be when growing up?


What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spare time?

What is an ability you wish you had?

Better coordination

What is the first concert you attended?

Blue Oyster Cult

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

An indoor riding arena

What is your favorite meal?


What is your favorite movie and book?

Great Expectations

What is your favorite sport?


Hidden talent?

Very good with animals.

What’s on your bucket list?

I do not believe it bucket lists. Do things when you have the opportunity

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation?

Madagascar or Mongolia