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Katie Kearns

Collections Specialist

Dr. Katie Kearns is the Collections Specialist for pd|hub. From 2005 to 2023, Dr. Kearns worked for Indiana University's teaching center and graduate school, facilitating communities of practice to support the professional development and personal growth of graduate students and postdocs. As an instructional consultant, she coached graduate students and led workshops and learning communities on course design, active learning, teaching statements, critical feminist pedagogy, and scholarship of teaching and learning. In 2019, she joined the University Graduate School as assistant vice provost for student development, contributing to broader graduate student professional development efforts both on the Bloomington campus and nationally as part of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL). She has been an active leader in the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network; she was a chair of the Graduate student, Professional student, & Postdoctoral scholar Development (GPPD) special interest group and recently served a three-year term on POD's governing board. Dr. Kearns co-edited two books, Teaching as if Learning Matters (Indiana University Press, 2022) and Higher Education Careers Beyond the Professoriate (Purdue University Press, 2024) and has published in educational development journals. She received a bachelor's degree in biology from Cornell University and a PhD in ecology from the University of Georgia.