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Karen Polonko

  • Karen Polonko
  • Professor
  • Sociology & Criminal Justice
  • 6028 Batten Arts and Letters
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3797
  • kpolonko@odu.edu
  • Education

    Indiana University, 1979
    Major: Sociology
    Degree: Ph. D.
    Indiana University , 1975
    Major: Sociology
    Degree: M.A.
    Manhattanville College , 1972
    Major: Sociology
    Degree: B.A.
  • 2004: Appointed to the National Advisory Board of EPOCH-USA
  • 1998: University Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching , Old Dominion University
  • 1994: Received Special commendation from the Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly
  • 1993: CASE Award, Virginia Professor of the Year , Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • 1991: SCHEV Award, Outstanding Faculty, State Council of Higher Education
  • 1990: Keynote Speaker, National Council on Family Relations
  • 1990: Robert Stern Award Excellence in Teaching, Old Dominion University
  • 1989: Omicron Delta Kappa
  • 1988: Recognition Award for Outstanding Contribution to Women's Issues, University Women's Caucus, Old Dominion University
  • 1983: Reuben Hill Award, National Council on Family Relations
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    "An Analysis of the Determinants of Delayed Marriage."
    Sponsoring Organization: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Date: 1983 - 1985
    Investigators:Polonko, K.; Leigh, G.
    "Delayed Childbearing Within Marriage: Analysis Using Life Tables and Proportional Hazards Models."
    Sponsoring Organization: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Date: 1981 - 1983
    Investigators:Polonko, K.; Teachman, J.
    "A Study of the Consequences of Deciding to Remain Childfree, Compared with Deciding to Have Children and with Deciding to Postpone Children."
    Sponsoring Organization: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Date: 1979 - 1981
    Investigators:Polonko, K.; Scanzoni, J.
    Supplementary funds for research on the factors leading to voluntary childlessness
    Sponsoring Organization: National Institute of Mental Health Small Grants Program
    Date: 1976 - 1977
    Investigators:Polonko, K.; Scanzoni, J.