Amy Karnehm Willis
Professor of Sociology
B.A., Wright State University
M.A., Wright State University
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Dr. Karnehm Willis was born and raised north of Dayton, Ohio in the small village of Covington. She has lived in Rocky Mount, NC since she began teaching at NCWC in 2000. She was trained as a “Family Sociologist” but teaches a wide range of courses here at Wesleyan. These include: “Principles of Sociology," “Sex, Marriage, and Family," “Sociology in the Field," “Sociology of Discrimination,” “Sociology of Children," “Human Sexuality," and the Honors Class, “Gender and Sexuality.” She is also a regular contributor to the ASPIRE program for adult learners, and supervises internships and honors theses. She annually organizes the campus-wide “Mix it Up at Lunch” Day and brings active learning and diversity awareness into her classrooms. She also serves as advisor to the Sociology Club, who is always looking for new members!
Dr. Karnehm Willis has been honored with North Carolina Wesleyan’s Exemplary Teacher Award for 2003-2004 and for 2008-2009. She was given the College’s “Diversity Education Program of the Year Award” in both 2002 and 2003, and was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers as a multiple year honoree 2004-2007. She was inducted into Omnicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, in 2012. Additionally, she has been the recipient of the NCWC Bob and Pat Mauldin Faculty and Staff Professional Development Award (2012), and the Teaching and Learning Center Travel Award (2011-2012), both used toward improving curricula related to sexuality education.
Professor Karnehm Willis has also been active in several community organizations, most notably the Rocky Mount Business and Professional Women (BPW). She joined this organization after winning their “Young Careerist” competition in 2001, and has since served in several executive officer positions. She has been instrumental in promoting this organization’s involvement in the local “Fun Run for Charities," raising funds toward college scholarships. For outstanding service to the organization, she was chosen to receive the “Girl Friday” Award for 2004-2005 and for 2010-2011, and was honored with the Woman of the Year Award both for 2007-2008 and 2012-2013. She was also honored in 2012 at the state level as a “Rising Star” with a “Starbright Award” from BPW/NC.