- Louisville Campus
3101 Bardstown Road 40205
Phone: 502.456.6505 / 800.844.1354
- Lexington Campus
2355 Harrodsburg Road 40504
Phone: 859.276.4357 / 800.467.6281
- Fort Knox Campus
63 Quartermaster Street 40121
Phone: 502.942.8500 / 800.562.6713
- Online Division
2100 Gardiner Lane Ste. 301 Louisville, KY 40205
Phone: 502.413.8830 / 866.755.7887
Dr. Karen Ferguson, GPHR teaches courses in the Human Resource Leadership program. Dr. Ferguson is a passionate educator and higher education leader. She first realized her interest in training and education while serving in the US Army. Early in her military career she found training and developing others the most rewarding aspect of being an NCO. After completing her B.S. in Workforce Education and Training from Southern Illinois University, Dr. Ferguson was accepted into a scholarship program to earn her Master's Degree. While pursuing her M.S. in Human Resource Development from the University of Louisville, Dr. Ferguson served in the US Army Reserves and worked with a number of organizations including the US Army Armor School, Northrup Grumman, UPS-Supply Chain Solutions, and other private organizations. After completing her M.S., Dr. Ferguson received her commission and went on to pursue her Ph.D. While working on her Ph.D., she continued to consult and develop training for organizations as well as conduct research. Dr. Ferguson was invited to serve on Workforce Development grant to research the efficacy of adult learning programs. She also had the honor of serving as a Research Fellow at the Army Research Institute, Ft. Knox KY. In that capacity, Dr. Ferguson was involved in a number of research activities related to leadership.
Once awarded her Ph.D., Dr. Ferguson started her career in Higher Education. She has enjoyed teaching at a number of institutions and in different formats. She has taught in nearly all levels of education including corporate training, community college, undergraduate, and graduate education. She has taught using multiple techniques, tools, and technologies. She enjoys working with a very diverse student population and has experience working with international students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition to teaching graduate courses and assisting students in the dissertation phase, Dr. Ferguson has served on University committees and held positions as Faculty, Program Chair, Curriculum Director, and Assistant Dean. In addition to her degrees, Dr. Ferguson earned certificates from Indiana University in Distance Education and Evaluation of Distance Education. Dr. Ferguson is qualified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Thomas-Killman Conflict Mode. In 2009, Dr. Ferguson earned the Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) certificate from HRCI. Dr. Ferguson's research interests include professional development, human resource management systems, distance learning, and global HR. She have publications and presentations related to HR, e-learning, learning and program evaluation, and adjunct management. Dr. Ferguson has a strong research foundation and enjoys bringing research to action. She enjoys teaching, leading, research, and student and community engagement.