Katie Clare earned her undergraduate degree in English and Art History from George Mason University in 2001. After initial efforts to learn Chinese, she abandoned plans for graduate work in Asian art history and a cross-country move. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at George Mason in 2005. In 2008, she accepted the position of Assistant Dean for Mason's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition to her administrative role, she enjoys teaching because it allows her to engage with students in the classroom. She is pursuing her PhD in Writing and Rhetoric with a research emphasis in mindfulness, well-being, and contemplative pedagogies. She is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor through the National Council for Behavioral Health. Outside of work, she spends her time cooking and baking, reading and writing, parenting, and exploring a range of well-being practices with her family, especially meditation and yoga.