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Julienne Friday, M.A.

Sociology | Professor of Sociology and Psychology

M.A. – UNI; Wartburg Seminary; Princeton Theological Seminary
B.A. – Augustana College
A.A. – Waldorf College
Professor Julienne Friday was recently recognized as Waldorf’s “renaissance woman"—a moniker she proudly, but humbly claims. She begins each morning listening to Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” loves Bach and Baroque music; and has such disparate interests as equine therapy, watching bull riding, woodworking and making renaissance-era musical instruments such as hammered dulcimers, bowed psalteries and harps. She is endowed with an insatiable curiosity about everything around her and a favorite motto is: “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space!”

Her work experience is varied and diverse: she lived in the inner city of Minneapolis under the auspices of the Crisis Colony Experience; worked at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School with visually impaired children; worked at Bethphage Mission with mentally challenged adults; ran a shelter house for battered and abused women; worked with the Appalachia Service Project building and repairing houses; and other various and sundry endeavors too numerous to mention.

She majored in sociology, psychology and philosophy at Augustana College in Sioux Falls; received an M.A. in sociology at the University of Northern Iowa; studied theology at Wartburg Seminary and Princeton; studied art at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts; and studied lathe turning in Utah...among other academic pursuits.

She currently teaches Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems and Honors Philosophy at Waldorf University. She has also taught Abnormal Psychology, Philosophy, Community Services and Critical Inquiry courses in the past. She has received the Professor of the Year Award on two occasions and the Board of Regents Outstanding Faculty Award.

Professor Friday is also engaged in numerous pursuits outside of the college: she is an active contributor to projects at the International Owl Center; the Vesterheim Museum; the Kalona Quilt Museum; the Museum of Danish History, the MacNider Museum and the Boman Fine Arts Center. She has had numerous art exhibits and does varied commissions involving laser technology.