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Karen Edwards

Edwards Karen
Associate Dean and Director of International Student Affairs
Department Chair of International Student Affairs

Where are you from?  (Grew up – hometown?)     
I grew up in LeMars, Iowa.

What do you like best about Grinnell College?
I have dedicated my career to the small, residential, undergraduate, liberal arts experience, and appreciate Grinnell’s emphasis on teaching and learning, in and out of the classroom. Grinnell’s commitment to international education, in the broadest sense, is palpable throughout the curriculum and in the co-curriculum.

Where did you attend school?  College(s)?  Degrees?
My M.A. in Higher Education Administration, with a concentration in International Education, is from The University of Iowa.  My undergraduate degree is from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where I majored in Health and Physical Education, and studied abroad through the Danish International Studies (DIS) program in Copenhagen. 

What are your main areas of responsibility here at Grinnell College? 
I work with the OISA team, and partners across campus and in our local community, to help provide a positive educational experience for international Grinnellians.  My work includes regulatory compliance, teaching, and advising; support for cultural transitions; and programming and community outreach. It is our goal to help Grinnell College be an international-student-friendly institution.  I also serve on the leadership team for the Division of Student Affairs and a Dean-on-call.

My interest in International Education was ignited through study abroad in Denmark, an internship with the Fulbright Center in Malaysia, and a graduate assistantship with the International Center at UI.  I am active in NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and worked previously as Director of International Student Affairs at The College of Wooster, Ohio.

What do you like to do in your free time?  Hobbies?
I am the mother of 2 boys, Dane and Barrett, and my husband Jon also works at the College.  I enjoy travel, I love to run, and I am known to take on unique (unusual) art projects.

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-3703

Department Chair: 

International Student Affairs

On-Campus Address: 

Joe Rosenfield Center
1115 Eighth Ave

Unit Head: 

International Student Affairs

Education / Degrees: 

BA, Luther College MA, University of Iowa

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