As a first generation American, born to immigrant parents, Spangler understands the importance of education and the opportunities it affords. She earned an AA in 1983, a BA in 2001 and completed an MA in TESOL in 2004.
Karen’s experience includes advising hundreds, if not thousands, of students, beginning as a freshman advisor in 2004. She then, moved on to advising athletes and becoming an English instructor in Ball State’s Intensive English Institute. In 2017 she rejoined Academic Advising as Undergraduate Upper Division Advisor for Construction Management, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture.
Her interests include professional development and research related to student success, academic advising, student population trends and needs in higher education, and special student populations specifically, first generation students.
Karen is a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), Indiana Academic Advising Network, and Academic Advising Association of Ball State (AAABS). She has been a conference participant and past presenter at NACADA and INTESOL, receiving a NACADA Affiliate Organization Grant.
Publications include: Contributor with Larry Markle (2009). Getting in the Game: Advising Student-Athletes with Disabilities.
NACADA Monograph Series Number 19, 2009. Pp 59-64. NACADA 2009; NACADA Book Review: Miller-Young, Janice and Jennifer Boman (2017). New Directions for Teaching and Learning: Using the Decoding the Disciplines Framework for Learning Across the Disciplines.
Wiley Periodicals, Inc. 2017. Available at: https://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Book-Reviews/Current-Past-Book-Reviews/New-Directions-for-Teaching-and-Learning-Using-the-Decoding-the-Disciplines-Framework-for-Learning-Across-the-Disciplines.aspx
; and NACADA Book Review: Pascarella, Ernest T. and Patrick T. Terenzini (2005). How College Affects Students: A Third Decade of Research (Volume 2). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, (2005). https://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Book-Reviews/Current-Past-Book-Reviews/How-College-Affects-Students-A-Third-Decade-of-Research-Volume-2.aspx