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Karina M. Viaud, Ed.D

Associate Director, Engaged Teaching

Dr. Karina M. Viaud serves as Associate Director for Engaged Teaching. She has 18 years of professional experience in higher education: student affairs, university advancement, and enrollment management. Specific to student affairs, she possesses a deep understanding and application of student development theories that clarify the college experience of undergraduate students. Previously serving as Senior Officer for the office of Parent & Family Programs, Dr. Viaud also possesses conceptual insight in the parent and family involvement with the university to support student success. Dr. Viaud has presented at several national and international conferences on topics of undocumented students, international students, students of same sex parents, graduate students–specifically, first-generation graduate students of color–and teaching and learning. She has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students at private and public universities. Her work is defined as an education that is accessible, inclusive, and equitable. She believes that educators’ everyday sequenced behaviors create systems that shape the experience of students, particularly underrepresented students.

 Dr. Viaud earned a psychology degree from Bridgewater State University, a master’s degree in college counseling and student services from the University of San Diego, and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from the joint program at UC San Diego and CSU San Marcos. Her dissertation explored the doctoral experience of first-generation students of color, which revealed moments of belonging and not belonging in the program.