Monday, November 6, 2017

Introducing Kristina Jipson

Kristina Jipson, PhD, MFA
Senior Associate Faculty, English Department
Co-Coordinator Faculty Development
Welcome, Kristina Jipson! Kristina is one of the newer folks in the 5 Star Consortium. Learn more about her below!

What do you like most about your job?
The passion and genuine kindness of the people I work with.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
Very few people wind up doing one thing their whole lives—be open to career growth and change.
If you have a great idea, somebody else is probably already working on it—find them and help!
Google yourself—at least once. I’ve been caught out one too many times with a sentence that starts with, “I saw online that you…”

What is one surprising thing you do as part of your job?
Assemble furniture!

What do you like to do on your days off?
I have days off?

Are you messy or organized?
Organized! I consider myself a an IKEA collector. The most romantic thing my husband has ever done for me is set up a Craigslist alert for coveted KALLAX units on sale in our area. So far, we’re at 80+ cubbies, and as far as I’m concerned, they are the only thing standing between us and the total world domination of our small, knick-knack collecting children.

If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why?
Can I stick with my current hand? We are living in “interesting times”!

Any favorite line from a movie?
That’s easy, because it’s my youngest daughter’s as well: “Weezin the juice,” from Encino Man. My daughter’s name is Louise, AKA Weez, Weezo, Weezy, ZZ, etc., so in our house “weezin” is basically the coolest thing anyone could do to anything, especially juice.

You’re happiest when?
Hmmm…can I have two? One for when I’m immersed the chaos of my adorable family, and one for when I’m writing quietly all by myself?

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
No brainer: sushi boat.

If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save?
Do I have to be able to carry it? We have an old family piano that travelled cross-country four times before landing in our living room, where it gets played every day (very well, I might add!) by my oldest daughter, Mathilda. I’d haul that out of the flames and impress the neighbors.

Top 3 life highlights?
Well, I have one very tall and infinitely kind husband, and two insane, wizardly daughters, so that math works out pretty well!

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