Karen Eifler

University of Portland

Karen Eifler is a Professor of Education at the University of Portland where she also co-directs the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture. Ask her what the single most influential experience of her life in academia has been and she won’t miss a beat intoning “Collegium.” Her specialty as an educator is the formation of new teachers, and her research focuses on humane uses of instructional technology, teacher induction and, most recently, issues of mission and identity in Catholic education, K-16. Karen has contributed articles to Journal of Teacher EducationEducational Forum and Journal of Nursing Education, among others, and has a collection of essays that makes the rounds of  faculty rooms around the US and Canada, A Month of Mondays: Spiritual Lessons From Catholic Classrooms. One of the Collegium texts, Becoming Beholders: Cultivating Sacramental Imagination and Actions in College Classrooms, is the fruit of a happy collaboration in the past couple of years among Karen, Collegium founder Tom Landy and 20 great teachers in Catholic colleges and universities across the country. A delighted recipient of the first-ever Collegium Visionary Award for bringing the lessons of Collegium home to UP, Karen is a cradle Catholic who maintains love for "the Church that can be."

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2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015