FY20 Kara Gardner
Kara Gardner, Ph.D., 
Associate Dean of Partnership Teaching and Learning
  • Author of Agnes de Mille: Telling Stories in Broadway Dance (Oxford University Press, 2106). Winner of the 2017 Kurt Weill Book Prize
  • Oxford Broadway Legacies Series board member
  • Two-time winner of the Janet Levy Award for Independent Scholars, American Musicological Society (2011, 2007)
  • Affiliated Scholar, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Stanford University (2003-2005)
  • Recent invited talks and workshops for the following institutions and organizations: WSCUC ARC, “Implementing Fully Active Learning,” (2019), MIT Teaching and Learning Lab (2019), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, “Festival Noon” (2018), NYU Shanghai, Supporting the Liberal Arts in Global Contexts (2017), University of New Hampshire, “American Women Pianist-Composers: A Celebration of Amy Beach and Teresa Carreño” (2017), Harvard China Fund, Global Dialogue on Liberal Arts and Science Education (2015)

Kara Gardner earned her Ph.D. in music and humanities from Stanford University. As a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, she taught for four years in Stanford’s Introduction to the Humanities Program. She has designed and led classes on popular music, music of the Americas, music and gender, and dance history at the University of San Francisco and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 2008, she received a teaching award for innovative pedagogy and commitment to student learning from USF.  She joined the Minerva Schools at KGI in the fall of 2013 and previously served as the Associate Dean of Faculty Development.