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Kari Morgan

Kari Morgan

Associate Professor
College Assessment Coordinator

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 
  • Health & Well-Being of Rural Women & Families

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

Dr. Morgan’s current research focuses on undergraduate pedagogy, with a focus on teaching and pedagogy related to family science. 

Recent publications include:

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

Bice-Wigington, T., & Morgan, K. (2018). Teaching 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, 245-265.

** Undergraduate student

Courses Taught

  • GNHE 210: Foundations of Human Ecology*
  • GHNE 310: Human Needs
  • HDFS 102: Orientation to Human Development & Family Science*
  • HDFS 590: Capstone Experience in Family Studies & Human Sciences*
  • FSHS 852: Family Theories
  • FSHS 860: Family Policy*
  • FSHS 898: Professional and Ethical Issues in Applied Family Science

*Course is taught online as well as on campus

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 teaches in the general human ecology program as well as the human development and family science program. Dr. Morgan’s research currently focuses on 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 college age/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 (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, 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)