Karina Westra, M.A.

Adjunct Professor of Writing

What began with a one class during graduate school turned into over 12 years teaching at PLNU.  I enjoy working with students as they develop their college voice and the skills to succeed at academic writing.  Other interests include Jane Austen, feminism, and political rhetoric.


  • M.A., Rhetoric and Writing Studies, San Diego State University
  • B.A., Psychology and English, Calvin University

Courses Taught

  • College Composition: Writing and Research - WRI 1010
  • College Composition: Research - WRI 1016
  • Writing Across the University - WRI 1001
  • Literature and Culture - LIT 2000

Professional and Community Involvement


  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, 2019
  • Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association, 2008
  • Feminisms and Rhetorics, 2007