Kathryn has worked with undergraduates at the University of Minnesota throughout her career. Whether teaching microbiology at the former University of Minnesota campus in Waseca, helping convert the College of Biological Sciences curriculum to the semester calendar as Associate Dean of the College, directing the Biology Colloquium Program for 20 years, teaching forensic science seminars, or instructing the biology internship course, Kathryn focuses on helping students find the excitement of the life sciences in everyday life and helping them explore exciting careers in fields that fit their talents, values, and interests.
Currently, Kathryn teaches the biology internship course and has given numerous presentations on the pedagogy of academic internships and internship best practices. She was also instrumental in the formation of three very active CBS student clubs that she advises: the Forensic Science Club, Future Leaders Aspiring in Science and Healthcare (F.L.A.S.H.), and Minnesota Medical Leaders. Kathryn also serves on University-wide committees including the University Senate Subcommittee on Retirement and the Retirement Plan Fiduciary Advisory Committee.