Miriam Reder is a current instructor for University 101, an orientation seminar that helps new students navigate the KU campus and provides tools and guidance for academic success and career development. Miriam joined the Office of First-Year Experience in 2017 and is passionate about connecting students to campus resources, learning about their professional and personal goals, and helping students settle into the Jayhawk community. Her favorite part about teaching is definitely the students!
Miriam was born in a suburb outside of Philadelphia and moved to southern California in middle school. While attending college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she double-majored in English and Rhetorical Studies. Upon graduation, she served as a two-year AmeriCorps member in Austin, TX, where she assisted first-generation college students with college application and financial aid processes. She then pursued an MS in Psychology at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and subsequently worked in Miami, FL, as a therapist for adolescents and adults. In 2016, she moved to Kansas to begin her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Currently, Miriam is a doctoral student, a KU instructor, and provides counseling services for children, adolescents, and adults in Kansas City. Favorite hobbies include cooking, dancing, attempting yoga, and taking photos of her cat, Phoebe.
“My first year in college I took a class outside of my English major just for fun. It was a Communications course that analyzed historical political speeches and I loved it so much that I later declared a second major in Communication and Rhetorical Studies. Subsequent communication courses on group theory and social research have tied into my current work in psychology, an unexpected profession that I am very passionate about. My takeaway: take a class that you love, and pay attention to why you love it!”