Karen Manarin, PhD

PhD (University of Alberta)
MA (University of Victoria)
BA Honours (University of Alberta)


Office: EA3132
Email: kmanarin@mtroyal.ca
Phone: 403.440.7719



Scholarly Interests
Although I was trained as a Romanticist, my scholarship now focuses on teaching and learning. In particular, I am interested in how and why students read. I am also interested in undergraduate research experiences and faculty academic development.

In my writing classes, I promote disciplinary literacy through Swales’ concept of academic discourse communities. As I teach the basics of academic genres like the essay, I help students recognize that successful writing varies with context and audience.

In my literature classes, I focus on scaffolding undergraduate research across the levels, culminating in original undergraduate research at the 4000-level. I want students to experience how we create new knowledge in the discipline.

Selected Scholarly Activity
Manarin, Karen (ed). Reading across the Disciplines. Indiana University Press, 2022

Manarin, Karen, et al. Critical Reading in Higher Education: Academic Goals and Social Engagement. Indiana University Press, 2015.

Manarin, Karen. "Why Read?" Higher Education Research and Development, vol. 38, no. 1, 2019, pp. 11-23. doi:10.1080/07294360.2018.1527296

Manarin, Karen. “Close Reading: Paying Attention to Student Artifacts.” SoTL in Action: Illuminating Critical Moments of Practice, edited by Nancy Chick, Stylus, 2018, pp. 100-108.

Manarin, Karen. “Reading the Stories of Teaching and Learning--ISSOTL 2016 Opening Keynote.” Teaching and Learning Inquiry, vol. 5, no. 1, 2017. doi: 10.20343/5.1.13

Selected Honours, Grants and Awards
  • MRU Board of Governors Teaching Chair in Advanced Literacy, 2019-2022
  • Marshall Family Foundation Literacy Grant, 2019
  • Faculty of Arts, Outstanding Teacher Award, 2018