Kari Marken is a Lecturer in the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program with the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. She is also a Lecturer with the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia where she teaches in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Group and the Law & Business Communications Division. She holds a PhD in Curriculum Studies from UBC and has two decades of Canadian and international teaching experience spanning post-secondary, K-12, and community-based organizations.
She also applies her teaching and research background to educational design strategy and develops evidence-based approaches to programs, services, and experiences in educational institutions, with a focus on fostering learning in organizations, career and professional skills development, and transitions into and out of university.
In her research, she studies the role teachers’ stories and perceptions of students play in their daily decisions about teaching—she is particularly interested in infusing the stories of teachers who see the capacity for young adults and teenagers to contribute boldly and creatively to society into the body of pedagogical research. She has previously worked as an elementary & high school teacher, non-profit organization educator, consultant, and theatre director.