Karen Conzett, PhD
College of Education
Dr. Karen Conzett is a Full Professor in the College of Education at Ashford University. She received her Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Student Development from The University of Iowa (U of I). She obtained a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Education with an emphasis in English and Journalism from Illinois State University. She also earned her 7-12 Educational Administration endorsement from U of I.
Dr. Conzett has over 25 years experience in public education. She has worked as a director of student services, a high school counselor, and as an alternative school counselor. She spent four years working in Orientation Services at the U of I before joining Ashford in 2005. She was hired to design, implement, administer, and evaluate the University’s prior learning assessment (PLA) program, which subsequently was one of 11 programs throughout the United States and Canada featured in a Council for Adult Experiential Learning (CAEL) publication on prior learning. In addition to her PLA work, she served as the first chair of the online Student Code of Conduct committee, implemented a placement testing process for incoming campus freshmen, established a campus test center for CLEP and DSST testing, organized Alpha Sigma Lambda online and campus induction ceremonies, and managed the academic operations of the former campus accelerated program for adult learners.
She currently teaches the PLA experiential essay course, Fundamentals of Adult Learning, as well as education courses. Dr. Conzett’s favorite thing about teaching is reading the energetic responses of students in the discussion forums. She says, “There is a natural tendency for people to want to be a part of a community. Therefore, it is interesting to watch how the student community in each of my online courses develops. Students are very supportive of each other, and many go beyond the mandatory response posts and ask interesting questions while also providing supportive comments to those students who are going through a difficult time.” Dr. Conzett’s hobbies include traveling, reading, golfing, and snowshoeing. She has two very friendly yet independent cats, Oreo and Snickerdoodle.