Guidance. Carolyn Karlson is a retired professor, having spent most of her career at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN and the University of Maryland College Park, where she remains on the Board of Trustees. Primarily a professor of entrepreneurship and communication, she also served as graduate school Dean and Associate Vice President at College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, a BA from Simmons College, and a graduate certificate in college counseling from UCLA. She is founder and president of Starting Gate College Consulting and joined WSSS in 2017.