Department of Business Administration

Meet 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

  • Environmental Social Governance (ESG)
  • Sustainable Investing
  • Corporate Finance
  • Economic and Business Forecasting
  • Executive compensation


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.

Karen received the 2013 Business Educator of the Year award at the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards. Her Socially Responsible Investing Syllabus is featured on Stock-Trak portfolio simulation website.

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."

Recent Publications and Presentations
  • Spohn, K. (2015). Materiality matrices and transaction costs. Presentation at International Academy of Business & Economics. Orlando, Florida
  • Spohn, K. (2013). Teaching the ESGs of sustainable investing with portfolio simulation. Presentation at ACBSP Annual Conference. Salt Lake City, Utah. (Received Best of Region 1 Award at the 2012 Northeast Council of Business Schools and Programs ACBSP Region 1 Conference.)
  • Kivenzor, G. & Spohn, K. (2012). Luxury consumption in BRICS: Rationale behind ‘irrational’ consumption patterns. Presentation at AMS World Marketing Congress/Cultural Perspectives in Marketing. Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Spohn, K. (2012). Reading the U.S. economy: A classroom activity in economic literacy. Presentation at New Hampshire Academy of Finance Professional Development Workshop. Nashua, NH.
  • Spohn, K. (2011). Environmental Social Governance. Presentation at New Hampshire Business Education Association Conference. Nashua, NH.
  • Spohn, K. (2011). Environmental Social Governance and the new finance curriculum. Presentation at the New Hampshire Academy of Finance Professional Development Workshop. Nashua, NH.
  • Spohn, K. (2010). U.S. economic outlook and future trends. Presentation at Summer Enrichment Program for visiting faculty from China’s Chongqing University of Science and Technology and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.
  • Spohn, K. (2009). The value of keeping the faith in a bear market. Northeast Business & Economics Association Proceedings, USA, 200-204.
  • Spohn, K. & Wayne, K. (2009). The macroeconomics course and the college student vote a new assessment of economic literacy. Research in Higher Education Journal, 4, 1-13.
  • Fitzpatrick, T. & Spohn, K. (2009). A 25th anniversary redux of the Simon and Ehrlich global sustainability wager. Journal of International Business and Cultural Studies, 1, 1-7.
  • Spohn, K. (2008). The 2006 SEC disclosure rulings and the future of executive change of control contracts. The Long Term View, 7, 74-81.

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