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Karen Younger

Karen Younger is Assistant Professor of History and Chairperson of the Department of Humanities at Waynesburg University. She earned her PhD in 2006, under the direction of Dr. Lori Ginzberg. When asked how the Richards Civil War Era Center impacted her academic and professional career, Younger responded with glowing praise. Her experience can be read below, in her own words:

“My five years in the Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State University not only made me a better historian, but also prepared me in unanticipated ways for my career.  Workshops with gifted classmates, and professors who were nothing short of brilliant, challenged me to think broadly and deeply. Teaching history courses to talented undergraduate students, played a central role in developing my passion for teaching.  My work at the Center challenged me to develop skills I didn’t know I had, which have proved vital to my career; namely, the ability to plan, to imagine, to administrate, to communicate, and to engage.

The collegial yet rigorous environment at the Center, enabled me to build a successful and rewarding career at a small liberal arts university. In my current role as Chairperson of the Humanities Department and Assistant Professor of History at Waynesburg University, I work with students, with faculty, and with administration, and I draw every day on the skills I developed during my time at the Center. My years at the Center were a wonderful time in my life, and the best educational and professional experience I could have asked for.”