Women in Academia: Finding Life in the University: A Panel Discussion

This seminar features a diverse faculty panel addressing issues facing women as they seek to be faithful to God’s call to be a redeeming influence in the university. A Q&A time will follow the presentation. Women who are planning on or considering a career in academia should attend.


Currently resides in Marietta, GA, Karen is the National Director for InterVarsity’s Women in the Academy and Professions. She is from Pontiac, MI and a graduate of Michigan State University.

MaryKate Morse is professor of leadership and spiritual formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of Making Room for Leadership. She holds an M.A. in biblical studies and an M.Div. from Western Evangelical Seminary (now George Fox Evangelical Seminary), and her doctorate in leadership from Gonzaga University.

In addition to teaching she also serves as a consultant to churches and organizations in transition or with leadership challenges. She has planted two churches with leadership teams in Portland, Oregon. Along with being a Quaker minister and a trained spiritual director, she also does conference and retreat ministries and mentors leaders.

MaryKate is intrigued by the challenges of formation in Christ; especially for those called to leadership, whether to individual souls as a guide or to church family systems as a pastor.

Kelly lives in Durham, North Carolina (go Duke!), where she is an HIV vaccine researcher. Originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania, she is a graduate of Messiah College. Her cross-cultural experience includes studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain, as well as traveling to Haiti and South Africa. She loves the movies Emma and The Shawshank Redemption

Rachel is a philosophy professor at Lindenwood University where she went to college. She is also the Honors College co-chair and Liberty and Ethics Center Director. She is from St. Louis, Missouri. Rachel received her PhD degree from St. Louis University. 

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