Assurance of Learning
Seminar I

January 22–23, 2018 | Tampa, Florida, USA


Karen_TarnoffKaren Tarnoff, Associate Dean for Assessment and International Programs, College of Business & Technology, East Tennessee State University

Karen is currently serving as the Assistant Dean for Assurance of Learning and Assessment for the College of Business and Technology at East Tennessee State University. In this capacity, she is coordinating the assessment of student learning outcomes across six diverse departments (i.e., Accountancy; Economic and Finance; Management and Marketing; Computer and Information Sciences; Military Science; and Technology, Survey, and Digital Media) and multiple accrediting bodies (i.e., SACS, AACSB, ABET, CADE,).  She has given multiple presentations on assurance of learning and assessment-related topics and, likewise, has helped many schools build and refine their assessment systems. She continues to serve on the Steering Committee of the AACSB’s annual Assessment Conference.

Karen is advisor to ETSU’s award winning student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management which was recognized in 1998 as the best chapter in the nation. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Tennessee Professional Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.  In 1999, she received the University’s first Jan Phillips Mentoring award in recognition of her efforts on behalf of ETSU’s students and is a five-time nominee for the College’s Teaching Award.  She is currently serving on SHRM National’s Technical Advisory Committee which is charged with designing an assessment of HR major’s content knowledge that will also serve as a direct measure to contribute data to AOL processes.

Karen is a facilitator and trainer for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) having authored materials for its Applied Assessment Seminar.  She has helped many colleges and universities develop and refine of their assessment programs.  Her primary areas of research include assessment of student learning, the skills gap, team-based work systems, and shared mental models.