As the first person in her extended family to graduate from high school and college, Karen gets it and is passionate about helping adults reach their educational goals.
karen stevens, senior lecturer
A senior lecturer with UWW, Karen teaches UWW core courses and advises students.
As the first member of her extended family to graduate from high school and college, Karen has a very personal understanding of the value of education and is passionate about helping others reach their educational goals.
Karen has more than thirty years experience in the fields of education, health and human services as a trainer, advocate and program director, and has consulted extensively with both non-profit and for profit organizations throughout New England, primarily in the areas of management development, organizational change and personal/interpersonal skill development. Her dissertation research concerned experiential learning, particularly how individuals learn to handle organizational change.
- B.A., Elementary Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst
- M.S., Public Health, University of Massachusetts Amherst
- M.S., Adult and Higher Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
- Ed.D., Adult and Higher Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
teaching and research interests
adult development and learning, especially experiential and transformative learning; prosocial development
Karen is a big fan of Victorian literature (hence the quote to your right). She enjoys the language and, given her commitment to social and economic justice and interest in prosocial development, the sense of morality that so many Victorian novels embrace (she also likes the feisty female characters!). Karen even has a bookcase devoted to those books that she feels have shaped who she is as an educator, parent/partner/sister/friend and citizen of the world.
Karen is the author of numerous publications, including "Transformational learning through prior learning assessment" in Adult Education Quarterly (Stevens, Hendra, Gerber, August, 2010); "Experiential learning" in Best practices in experiential and service learning in communication, Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2010 (editors Worley, Hugenberg, Elkins); Proceedings of NIALL ’09: Assessing student experiential learning using a critically reflective narrative portfolio. National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning, 2009.
draws Inspiration from
“Man …if man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have discovered What the surplus is and Where it is. Will you decide what mean shall live, what mean shall die? It may be, that in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man’s child. Oh, God! To hear the Insect on the leaf pronouncing on the too much life among his hungry brothers in the dust!”
- Charles Dickens