Karen works with faculty and staff in guiding course development through the entire development process by providing guidance regarding best practices in online course development, and leading/completing tasks related to course design, content development, media production, course review, and others as needed.
In addition to her work in course development, Karen identifies grant opportunities that are appropriate for Clemson Online and helps lead the grant writing and submission process. Karen also helps facilitate collaboration and partnership development by sharing CO's services with university leaders, faculty, and external organizations where appropriate.
Throughout Karen’s career, she has trained and educated students and adults in various media. This experience has given her a unique understanding of how to get information across to various groups that result in knowledge and active involvement. Beginning in June 2011, Karen began working at Clemson University on a grant-funded project, the SC Farm to School (SC FTS) Program. In this role, she was tasked with writing nutrition and agriculture lessons for the SC FTS program. Following completion of this grant, Karen worked in a supervisory capacity for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) for nutrition educator paraprofessionals. In this role, Karen was tasked with communicating policies, evaluation, and training. In 2013, a need for more formal evaluation was identified and Karen was transitioned to an evaluation role. In this role, she completed both process and outcome evaluations, led the grant writing team, and led grant-funded projects. Beginning in 2014, her role expanded to lead the development of a professional development course for SC teachers in nutrition education. This professional development course was online and Karen’s role included development of the online modules, assessment, and evaluation of the project. In addition to this role, in 2015, Karen transitioned to Clemson Online and began working as an eLearning Strategist while co-leading the development of nutrition online training for SC child care providers.
In addition to her full-time work with Clemson, Karen has also worked towards a second Masters in Agricultural Education and has now transitioned to the Learning Sciences PhD program with a focus on online education. With this program, Karen had the opportunity to co-teach an undergraduate class, developing and assessing four online modules for students. In December 2010, Karen received her Masters in Youth Development Leadership at Clemson University. Her masters research focused on the importance of parental perception in fighting childhood obesity.
Outside of her work with Clemson Online, Karen is an avid runner and enjoys the outdoors spending warmer months on the lake and beach. She is a huge sports fan, enjoying football, basketball, and baseball - of course the Tigers are her favorite team! Karen also enjoys reading and baking cheesecakes. She has one daughter she and her husband (who she met at Clemson) have been married for over 15 years. Karen also is the proud owner of a Brittney Spaniel who is full of energy!