Karen Ernst is a Professor in the Art Department at PennWest University Edinboro, where she has been teaching Woodworking/Furniture Design since 2004. She holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, a BA in Studio Art from SUNY Geneseo and has over twenty-five years of woodworking and design experience. Her work has been exhibited across the US and is included in many private collections. In 2023 she was accepted as a Roycroft Artisan in East Aurora, NY. She is currently the President of the Board of Trustees of The Furniture Society.