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.

educational background

  • 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

personal interests

Karen loves reading literary fiction (she gets panicky if she doesn't have a book in her hand - and no, she doesn't have any e-reader), movies, swimming, hiking, and cross country skiing. She also loves hanging out with her husband and adult children and walking her rescue dog in the woods.