Faculty Profile: Karen Uhlendorf

Karen UhlendorfEven when she was a little girl living in the Bronx, N.Y., Distinguished Faculty Award Winner (2008) Karen Uhlendorf was always outside, playing in parks and empty lots, or climbing trees. As an undergraduate, she played on the field hockey and lacrosse teams but also learned to have fun camping, canoeing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing while spending time at her college's outdoor education facility in the Adirondacks. Along with physical education, outdoor education became her passion.

After teaching in the public schools for some years on Long Island, Karen went on to earn a master's at Northern Illinois University and then an Ed.D. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, both degrees with a special focus in outdoor education. She arrived at Johnson State College in 1990 and was instrumental in developing the Outdoor Education degree in 1997. Vermont feels like home, says Karen, who also enjoys photography, singing, cooking and drawing.  "I am definitely not an urban person. I need to be in touch with the natural world. That fulfills me."

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Bentley Hall, Room 305

Johnson State College
337 College Road
Johnson, VT 05656