Karen is the National Director of InterVarsity's Women in the Academy and Professions, and she lives in Marietta, Georgia, with her husband and three boys. Except for some years taken off to raise her sons, she has spent her adult life in and around InterVarsity — originally as a student and campus staff member in Michigan and currently in Atlanta. An entrepreneur at heart, she and some student leaders started the grad fellowship at Michigan State and the MBA fellowship at Georgia Tech. She loves to use her gifts of hospitality and teaching to create a welcoming place for people to connect with God and with each other. Although she rarely has time for it, you can find Karen at her sewing machine when ministry progress gets hard to measure and she needs to see tangible results from her efforts. She loves dark chocolate, good coffee, and British television.
As another academic year nears its end, I am grateful for the many wonderful faculty men and women who serve college students both inside and outside of the classroom day after day. The media is full of stories of those who abuse their position and privilege but usually silent about the many faculty who come to campus each day with the intention of working hard, researching well, and investing in the education of the students in their lecture halls and labs.
I recently read that Advent is sort of a spiritual “waiting room.” Advent and its Scripture readings are characterized by an attentive attitude, a posture of waiting. I am not good at waiting, never have been . . .