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Karen Kurotsuchi Inkelas

Prior to her UVA appointment, Dr. Inkelas was an associate professor and program director of the College Student Personnel Program, Department of Counseling and Personnel Services at the University of Maryland. Karen is the principal investigator for the National Study of Living-Learning Programs (NSLLP), which was awarded grants from the National Science Foundation, the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I), and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). The NSLLP studies student outcomes associated with participation in college living-learning programs, and the 2007 NSLLP data collection included more than 50 postsecondary institutions across the United States, and more than 20,000 undergraduate respondents in over 600 living-learning programs. Karen has published numerous articles and book chapters on living-learning programs, and has spoken about her research in both invited and refereed presentations around the United States. In addition to her work with living-learning programs, Karen’s other research interests focus on the study of relationships between college environments and student outcomes. Karen obtained her B.A. and M.S. from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE) at the University of Michigan. She also developed and directed the Housing Research Office for University Housing at the University of Michigan, and coordinated projects and events for the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University. She has been awarded the Research and Scholarship Award from ACUHO-I, the Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year Award from NASPA, and an Emerging Scholar designation by ACPA.