Karen Seehaus, M.F.A.

Adjunct Professor of Composition and Literature

Karen Seehaus is fond of saying that writing and education are the loves of her professional life. Karen enjoys working with talented students and considers engaging with students at PLNU to be a privilege. When she is able to shift a student’s perspective to give them confidence and agency in their own writing, she is personally delighted. 

In addition to teaching composition and rhetoric, she writes extensively, both professionally and for her own creative work. As many writers do, Karen is fond of reading and journaling. After a long day of writing, her favorite places to unwind are in her garden and by the ocean. 

Karen is also a world traveler, having journeyed extensively through four of the world’s continents, with plans to get to the other three. Her passion outside of all of this is running. She adores running, and students can attest that she has an extensive wardrobe of running shirts from races both here in the United States and abroad, with most of them being from Disney races. 


  • M.F.A., Creative Writing, San Diego State University
  • B.A., Sociology, University of California at Davis

Courses Taught

  • College Composition: Writing & Research - WRI 1010
  • University NOW Writing - UN WRI 099
  • Literature and Culture - LIT 2000

Experience in Field

  • Academic Dean at the Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University

  • Instructor of Creative Writing at the Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University

  • Teaching Associate, English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University

  • Teaching Associate, Rhetoric and Writing Studies, San Diego State University

  • Rhetoric and Writing Studies Fellow, San Diego State University

  • Research Assistant, School of Education, Stanford University

  • Editorial Assistant, The Wave Magazine

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications


  • Elevated Prose, published in American Book Review, March/April 2014, Volume 35, Number 3
  • Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons review, published in NewPages, September 2013              
  • The Mere Weight of Words review, published in NewPages, August 2013            
  • Purple Daze review, published in NewPages, March 2013
  • Conning Harvard review, published in NewPages, January 2013           
  • What Happened to Ivy review, published in NewPages, December 2012              
  • The Moonflower King review, published in The Fiddleback, August 2012