Karen K. Kirst-Ashman is a professor and former chairperson in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She earned her BSW degree in 1972 and MSSW degree in 1973 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of six social work textbooks; numerous publications, articles, and reviews on social work and women's issues; and has served as a consulting editor on many social work journals. Dr. Kirst-Ashman was a board member of the CSWE from 1998 through 2001 and has served as a member of several CSWE accreditation site teams. She is certified as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Wisconsin and has been the recipient of the University Of Wisconsin-Whitewater Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching.