Karen Getzen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English
Coordinator of the Minor in Creative Writing

Office Location:  St. Joseph Hall, 2nd flr., West Wing, SJ207
Office Phone:  215.753.3654

Educational Background

  • B.A., English Literature, University of Washington (Seattle)
  • M.Ed., Psychology of Reading, Temple University
  • Ph.D., Psychological Studies in Education, Temple University

Courses Taught

  • Master's Thesis Seminar
  • College Writing, Teaching at-risk students
  • Adult Literacy (1199-c: Health & Hospital Worker's Union)

Scholarly Interests

  • Non-Fiction writing
  • Contemporary poetry
  • Illness Narratives
  • Graphic Illness Narratives


  • Resilient Marriages (2000, Rowman & Littlefield Pub. (Under Karen J. Shirley)
  • Manuscript (Intimate Justice with B. Janet Hibbs, Ph.D.) under agency contractual agreement with Janklow & Nesbit Associates, NY.