Kate Nygren is an Assistant Director for Academic Programs in the Office of First-Year Experience where she oversees UNIV 101 and assists with KU Common Book programs. For UNIV 101, Kate collaborates with staff, graduate students, and instructors to continually improve the program. She recruits new instructors and offers them a range of training and professional development opportunities. She also teaches, which she loves most of all.
Kate originally joined KU in 2013 as a graduate student and instructor in the English department studying contemporary theater. She loves to read and see plays that explore national identity and activism in the United States. Any time she travels, she can be found at a local theater taking in something new.
“My first year in college, I took an acting class. I always loved watching theater, but was terrified of participating. My class was small—about 15 people. Even in front of such a small group, it went against everything in my introverted nature to be vulnerable and take risks. But I did. By pushing myself out of my comfort zone, I learned new things about what I could do and be, and I made many of my best college friends.”