Meet the Faculty

Dr. Karen O. Spohn

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Economics (Finance concentration)
M.S., Economics
B.S., Chemistry, Economics, University of Delaware

Phone: (603) 897-8561; Email:


  • corporate governance
  • executive compensation
  • economic and business forecasting

Karen Spohn teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in economics and finance held in the McLean Center for Finance and Economics. Karen also serves as the Division’s representative at the Regional ACBSP Conferences.

Prior to her service at Rivier, Karen worked as an economist and regional economic forecaster at the corporate headquarters of The WEFA Group Inc (DRI-WEFA) in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Spohn was previously employed by Ohio University as Program Manager of Research and Development for the University’s Institute for Local Government Administration and Rural Development (ILGARD). At ILGARD, she managed research projects addressing economic development issues in the Southereastern Ohio area. Project sponsors included the Ohio Governor’s Office of Appalachia, Ohio Board of Regents, National Business Incubator Association, and the Ford Foundation. At Ohio University, she also served as Assistant Director of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Assistance Center of Southeastern Ohio. While receiving her M.S. in Economics, Karen worked for the Corporate Planning Department of Delmarva Power & Light in Wilmington, Delaware and as consultant for the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce. Spohn has also taught at Marietta College, Ohio University, and the University of Delaware.  

Academic Philosophy
"I am constantly experimenting with new ways of teaching. I try to make use of the latest technology and resources that are available. In a typical course, I present the information necessary to understand the models and data needed to analyze a problem. I then give students opportunities to apply these concepts to an area of their interest."

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