Karen Knoch is an Associate Professor in the School of Business. She received her B.A. from Huntingdon College and her M.B.A. from Florida Atlantic University. In May 2014, she received a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where her academic accomplishments included Wadaran L. Kennedy Scholars Award, Graduate Teaching Assistantship, and induction into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Before pursuing her doctoral degree, Karen spent more than twenty years working in the home furnishings industry. She started her career in retail merchandising and buying. She later began working in wholesale sourcing and product development, much of which took place overseas. Karen has been to China over twenty times and visited Vietnam and the Philippines numerous times as well. These experiences not only broadened her personal horizons but also taught her practical applications of international business and intercultural communication.