Karen Tarnoff, College of Business and Technology, East Tennessee State University
Karen is the associate dean for assurance of learning, assessment, and international programs for the College of Business and Technology at East Tennessee State University. In this capacity, she coordinates the assessment of student learning outcomes across six diverse departments (i.e., accountancy; economics and finance; management and marketing; computing; military science; and technology, surveying, and digital media) and multiple accrediting bodies (i.e., SACS, AACSB, ABET, NASAD, CIDA). She has given multiple presentations on assurance of learning and assessment-related topics and, likewise, has helped many schools develop, implement, and refine their assessment systems. 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. In 1999, she received the University’s first Jan Phillips Mentoring award in recognition of her efforts on behalf of ETSU’s students and has been nominated multiple times for the College’s Teaching Award. Karen was the 2010 recipient of the College’s Service Award. She also participated in the Measuring College Learning Project conducted by the Social Science Research Council and sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Teagle Foundation. Karen is a facilitator and trainer for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) having authored materials for its Assurance of Learning Seminar I and Assurance of Learning Seminar II. Her primary areas of research include assessment of student learning, the skills gap, team-based work systems, and shared mental models.