Kari Morgan

Kari Morgan

Teaching Associate Professor

Contact Information

314 Justin Hall


  • 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

  • Undergraduate Education & Pedagogy

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

Morgan, K., Markham, M.S., Jackson, G.J.**, Luinstra, A.**, & Toews, M.L. (in review) Pathways and Barriers to Engagement in Undergraduate Research in Human Development & Family Science.

Markham, M.S, Morgan, K., Koochel, E. Peng, Y., & Jones, D. (in review). Assessing Interpersonal Communication Skills in Human Development and Family Science.

Morgan, K. (2018). Using stories to teach ethics in family science. Family Science Review, 22, 21-33.

Bice-Wigington, T., & Morgan, K. (2018). Teaching note- diversity and difference through a rural lens. Journal of Social Work Education, 54, 392-396.

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, 45, 245-265.

Wade, C.E., Cameron, B.A., Morgan, K., & Williams, K.C. (2016). Key components of online group projects: Faculty perceptions. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 17, 33-42.

** Undergraduate student

Courses Taught

  • HHS 101: Introduction to Well-being*
  • GNHE 210: Foundations of Human Ecology*
  • GHNE 310: Human Needs
  • HDFS 102: Careers in Human Development & Family Science*
  • HDFS 579: HDFS Internship Orientation
  • HDFS 590: Capstone Experience in Family Studies & Human Sciences*
  • FSHS 825: Family Resource Management*
  • FSHS 852: Family Theories
  • FSHS 860: Family Policy*
  • FSHS 898: Professional and Ethical Issues in Applied Family Science

*Course is taught online

Professional Biography

Dr. Kari Morgan is a Teaching Associate Professor at Kansas State University. She serves as the program chair of the General Human Ecology Unit, Undergraduate Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator for the Human Development and Family Sciences Unit (HDFS), and an instructor of multiple courses across the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Dr. Morgan’s academic and professional career has focused on teaching, research, and application in human sciences. Her experience includes working at the United States Department of Agriculture at the Family Economics Research Group and with Cooperative Extension; serving as an Infant Development Specialist with the University of Wisconsin Extension; working with state-level Family Impact Seminars; and serving as an educator at the University of Wisconsin, University of Wyoming, and Kansas State University. Kari has served on State and community boards focused on family and human sciences, and actively volunteers in her community.

Dr. Morgan has been teaching on campus and through distance education for more than 20 years. She enjoys engaging with students using evidence-based, high-quality teaching practices. She believes that teaching should be relevant, research-based, and grounded in principles of respect and relationship. Dr. Morgan’s current teaching focuses on well-being, family policy & family resource management, and career and professional preparation of undergraduate and graduate students in HDFS.

Personal Information

Kari and her husband, Chris Spooner, are the parents of two adult 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 and contribute to the work and mission of the University. In their spare time, they enjoy attending events at K-State; walking and biking; and traveling. 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)