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School of Family Studies and Human Services

Kari Morgan

Kari Morgan

Associate Professor and Director of Assessment

Contact Information

343J Justin Hall
785-532-1476
kmmorgan@k-state.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Child and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • M.S., Family and Community Development, University of Maryland
  • B.S., Home Economics/Child & Family Studies, University of Wyoming

Area(s) of Specialization

Health & Well-Being of Rural Women & Families
Undergraduate Education & Pedagogy 

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

Dr. Morgan’s research focuses on capturing and exploring the impact of sense of place (specifically, rurality) on individual and family well-being. Dr. Morgan believes that the stories of rural individuals and families are often missing from the national dialogue related to health and well-being. Her research is designed to address this gap, and contribute to the creation of positive solutions for rural individuals and families. Dr. Morgan is also passionate about undergraduate education, and has an active research agenda related to this topic. Recent publications include:

Bice-Wigington, T., & Morgan, K.  (in press). Teaching diversity and difference through a rural lens. Journal of Social Work Education.

Morgan, K., Jackson, C.**, Reeves, M.**, & Reeves Valadez, C.E.** (2017).I Just Realized”… How Human Ecology Students Choose A Major. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 245-265.

** Undergraduate student

Courses Taught

  • GNHE 210: Foundations of Human Ecology
  • HDFS 102: Orientation to Human Development & Family Science (co-taught)
  • HDFS 590: Capstone Experience in Family Studies & Human Sciences
  • FSHS 852: Family Theories
  • FSHS 898: Professional and Ethical Issues in Applied Family Science

Professional Biography

Dr. Kari Morgan, Ph.D. is an associate professor of family studies and human sciences at K-State, joining the faculty in 2015. In her role at K-State she serves as coordinator of the undergraduate program in human development and family science and director of assessment for the College of Human Ecology. She also teaches in the general human ecology program as well as the human development and family science program. Dr. Morgan’s research focuses on the impact of sense of place (specifically, rurality) on individual and family health and well-being and issues related to undergraduate education and pedagogy. Prior to her position at Kansas State, Dr. Morgan worked at the University of Wyoming as an Associate Professor and Director of the First-Year Seminar program, and the University of Wisconsin Extension as an Infant Development Specialist.

Personal Information

Kari and her husband, Chris Spooner, are the parents of two teenage/college aged daughters. Chris works at the K-State Foundation. Chris and Kari are both products of land-grant institutions; they are honored to work at K-State (the first land grant university in the nation), and contribute to the work and mission of the University. In their spare time they enjoy attending events at K-State and Manhattan High, walking their Newfoundland dog Jemma, and practicing yoga. They are also active members of several community organizations. Although they have only been at K-State a few short years, they have grown to love purple, and are happy to call the flint hills of Kansas home.

Vita (pdf)