About us

To provide women on campus with practical ideas and insights to be more effective in their careers and lives. We want women in higher education to gain the power they need to win respect, influence others, sell ideas and take their rightful place in leading society.

Our goal is to enlighten, encourage, empower and enrage women on campus as well as to win the acceptance of women in higher education and our larger culture.



Kelly J. Baker is the editor of Women in Higher Education and The National Teaching and Learning Forum. She is a writer with a religious studies Ph.D. covering religion, higher education, gender, labor, motherhood, and popular culture. She started writing for Women in Higher Education in 2014.

Kelly’s written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Rumpus, The Manifest-Station, Religion Dispatches, Christian Century, Washington Post, Chronicle for Higher Education‘s Vitae project, Killing the BuddhaSacred Matters, and Brain, Child.

She's also the author of Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930 (University Press of Kansas, 2011), Grace Period: A Memoir in Pieces (Blue Crow Books, 2017), Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and Labor in Academia (Blue Crow Books, 2018), The Zombies Are Coming: The Realities of the Zombie Apocalypse in American Culture (Blue Crow Books, 2020), and Final Girl: And Other Essays on Grief, Trauma, and Mental Illness (Blue Crow Books, 2020). She co-edited a volume for alternative academic careers, Succeeding Outside the Academy (University Press of Kansas, 2018). You can find her on Twitter.

Please feel free to email her about possible submissions at kjbaker@wiley.com.



Lois Elfman is an award-winning writer and editor whose work often focuses on higher education. She has examined complex contemporary issues, including gender equity, best practices for military veterans, innovative approaches to higher education, transgender issues, the enduring value of arts education and LGBTQ inclusion for publications such as Women in Higher Education, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and HBCU Digest.

An avid sports fan and women’s sports advocate, she co-founded Women’s Basketball magazine and has served as WNBA editor for HOOP, the official magazine of the NBA. Taking full advantage of the variety that freelancing allows, Lois has also done her fair share of celebrity interviews and has written extensively about fashion and jewelry. You can follow her on Twitter @LoisElfman.


Katie Rose Guest Pryal is a novelist, freelance journalist, and erstwhile law professor in Chapel Hill, NC. As a novelist, she is the author of the Hollywood Lights Series, which includes EntanglementChasing Chaos, and Fallout Girl, all from Blue Crow Books. She is also the author of Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education (Blue Crow Books, 2017), The Freelance Academic: Transform Your Creative Life and Career (Blue Crow Books, 2019), and Even if You're Broken: Essays on Sexual Assault and #MeToo (Blue Crow Books, 2019). As a journalist and essayist, Katie has bylines in Catapult, MotherwellThe Chronicle of Higher EducationDame Magazine, Quartz, and more.

Katie earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, where she attended on a fellowship, her law degree from the University of North Carolina, and her doctorate from UNC-Greensboro. Connect with her on her website at katieroseguestpryal.com and via all social media @krgpryal. 


Mary Lou Santovec is a long-time contributor to the Women in Higher Education newsletter. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and did graduate work at UW-Madison and at the University of Notre Dame in adult education and nonprofit management.

Mary Lou spent a decade in higher education as a college admissions officer for three diverse private colleges. She’s the author and co-author of three books: one on spelling, one on public gardens, and one on miniatures. Prior to joining Women in Higher Education some two decades ago, Mary Lou was the editor of three higher education newsletters on recruitment, quality principles and administration.


Nyasha Junior is a religious studies professor. She is the author of An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation (Westminster John Knox Press, 2015) and Reimagining Hagar: Blackness and Bible (Oxford University Press, 2019) and the co-author of Black Samson: The Untold Story of an American Icon (Oxford University Press, 2020).

Nyasha writes, teaches, speaks, and frequently tweets on religion, race, gender, and their intersections. Visit her website nyashajunior.com and follow her on Twitter @NyashaJunior.  



Doris Green is a lifelong explorer, writing about mysteries in many guises and environments—from how to thrive as a first-generation college student to how to re-imagine a career in “retirement.” She has taught eighth grade English, edited and published nationally distributed higher education newsletters, marketed nonprofit organizations, served as a university communications specialist, and co-published a magazine for Wisconsin community bankers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s in journalism and mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She recently published a memoir/family history book, Elsie’s Story: Chasing a Family Mystery (Henschel Haus, Milwaukee: 2018). Her new book, coming this fall, is Wisconsin Underground: A Guide to Caves, Mines, and Tunnels, also with Henschel Haus.
Amanda Rutstein lives and works in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She holds a BA in English from the University of Mary Washington and an MFA in creative writing and poetry from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Most important, she is the endlessly proud mother of her spectacular son, Jamie.


Karen Costa has over 15 years of higher education experience and formerly served as the director of student success at Mount Wachusett Community College. Karen is currently an adjunct faculty member teaching college success strategies to online students at multiple institutions. She is also involved in various faculty development initiatives including serving as a facilitator for the Faculty Guild.

In addition to her work for WIHE, Karen's writing has also appeared in Inside Higher Education, The Philadelphia Inquirer, On Being, and Faculty Focus. Karen graduated with honors from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She holds a Master of Education in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University. Karen is also a certified yoga teacher. She lives in Massachusetts with her family. To learn more about Karen, check out her site: www.karencostawriter.com


Amma Marfo is a thoughtful yet incurably silly independent higher education professional, writer, and editor based in Boston, MA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island, and a Master of Education from the University of South Florida.

Amma is an avid and prolific writer; she writes often for her own blog (“The Dedicated Amateur”), is a contributing editor to the Niche Movement Blog, and guest blogs in a variety of other places (IdeaBlend EDU, NASPA SLP-KC and TKC blogs, The Good Project). Her first book, THE I’S HAVE IT: Reflections on Introversion in Student Affairs, was released in January 2014; her second, LIGHT IT UP, was released in October 2015.