Karen Dalton

Associate Dean for Academic Programs; Director of Field Education; Associate Professor of the Practice of Ministry

Craig 217
(909) 447-2534

Dr. Dalton is a United Methodist minister who has served established churches and was the founding pastor of a congregation in southern California. She has a passion for connecting theory and practice, a commitment that shapes her teaching. Her strongest interests are in leadership and spiritual formation, and she teaches in these areas along with directing the field education program. Before beginning theological study she was on the faculty at Whitworth College teaching communication. She has also done consulting work in the areas of communication, team-building, and organization development.


B.A. - Wellesley College
M.A. - Whitworth College
M.Div. - Claremont School of Theology
D.Min. - Claremont School of Theology

Recent Publications / Achievements

"Constructive Congregational Feedback: Teaching Ministry Students and Congregations to Listen Well to One Another" (with Loletta Barrett and Karen Clark Ristine) in Equipping the Saints: Best Practices in Contextual Theological Education (Pilgrim Press 2010).

"The Center-Margin Leadership Dance: Integrating Experience in Education and Formation," Journal of Religious Leadership, Fall 2009.