Karen Costa has over 15 years of higher education experience and formerly served as the Director of Student Success at Mount Wachusett Community College. Karen is currently an adjunct faculty member teaching college success strategies to online students at multiple institutions. She is also involved in various faculty development initiatives including as a facilitator for Faculty Guild. Karen is a staff writer for Women in Higher Education. Her writing has also appeared in Inside Higher Education, The Philadelphia Inquirer, On Being, and Faculty Focus. She presents regularly on topics related to student and faculty success. Karen graduated with honors from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She holds a Master of Education in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University. Karen is also a certified yoga teacher. She lives in Massachusetts with her family.
Childhood: South Jersey, the reason that it's called "The Garden State"
Ideal Day: I like to wake up before the sun. Depending on the time of year, this happens quite a bit. There's coffee, time to reflect, and some spiritual reading to start my day. I believe in putting first things first and after getting my son to school, that almost always involves exercise. With a clear head, I can then move through my day. I love to read and am a true bibliophile so you'll typically catch me with my nose in a book.
Places That Matter to Me: Long Beach Island, New Jersey; Kripalu Yoga Center; libraries and bookstores; community colleges
Interests/Fascinations: Brain-based teaching and learning, the interdependent nature of faculty and student success, the human nervous system, stress, wellness, yoga, meditation, my desire to make up songs for my dog