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Get to Know the Faculty: Dr. Karen McDaniel


Today we meet Karen McDaniel, who along with becoming A-State’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, is a business professor researching when office romance goes bad. Learn more about her wide range of interests.

Dr. Karen R. McDaniel

Dr. Karen R. McDaniel

Place of birth:
Lexington, Tenn.
Why did you choose A-State?
A-State is a thriving university with a lot of energy and vision. Jonesboro is a great place to live. I have terrific colleagues. I love the courses I teach. Our students are great. My husband’s family has been A-State fans for more than 70 years and now we plan to carry on the family tradition for many more years.
Your philosophy on education in seven words:
Passion for helping students develops their careers.
What makes a good professor?
A good professor is fair, knowledgeable, inspiring and willing to go the extra mile to help students. One who does not lower standards, yet encourages students to set higher bars.
What’s the value of a university education?
An education is worth the investment of time, effort and money. With an education, students are able to prepare themselves for an interesting career instead of having to work in a job they do not like for the rest of their life. An education opens the door to so many opportunities for students.
What music is playing in your car?
Kid Rock or Classic Country
What does e3 mean to you?
I teach Leadership in the College of Business. I educate and strive to help students find and implement their leadership skills. I think this enhances their career development. When students leave my class, I want them to carry away something that will enrich their professional lives.
If you could teach another field, which one and why?
Neuropsychology! I took a doctoral course in neuropsychology. I find the field fascinating. Many people take for granted how fragile the brain is and how the slightest impact on the brain can affect so many aspects of a person’s life. Traumatic Brain Injuries are considered the 'Silent Epidemic.' I would love to help educate students about the seriousness of TBIs and concussions.
What is the one thing you wish you could teach everyone about your field?
I wish I could teach everyone the importance of professional networking and communication (verbal and nonverbal) on a student's career development. It only takes a few seconds to make a first impression whether in a classroom, interview, on social media or an elevator. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
My favorite motion picture is...
Sweet Home Alabama.
The television series I must TiVo...
NCIS and Madame Secretary.
What are you working on right now?
Research: I am working on a project about ‘Office Romance Gone Bad.’ We are looking at why some office romances that turned into sexual harassment cases settle, while others go to trial or summary judgment. Two additional research projects include 'Does competency matter? Competency as a Factor in Workplace Bullying' and 'Bullying in the Workplace: Students' Perspective.'
My favorite trip was...
A perfect day is...
85 degrees, sunshine, beach and lemonade.
If I could travel anywhere it would be...
London and Paris.
Four people I’d take to coffee...
Secretary Hillary Clinton, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Secretary Condoleezza Rice and Vice President Joe Biden.
The best advice I ever received was...
have the faith to achieve your dreams, but never forget where you came from.
My pet peeve is...
people chewing with their mouth open.
My favorite meal is...
my husband’s Manicotti.
My passion is...
helping students develop their careers. I knew I wanted to be a teacher/professor when I was five years old. My grandfather gave me a chalkboard when I was five. After school, I would come home and play teacher with my chalkboard. I would teach my dolls everything I had learned at school that day. This has been a lifetime passion of mine. I love helping people achieve things they never thought possible.
My pro sports team is...
St Louis Cardinals.
What I like about Jonesboro is...
it's great community to call home!
Cats or dogs?
CATS! Specifically Persians.
E-book or hardback?
Dinner or supper?
I wish I could...
Only my friends know I...
that I’m a Kid Rock fan and the lengths I will go to rescue a cat! When I lived in Memphis, I went outside during a severe storm to rescue a declawed cat that was stuck in a tree. My husband calls me the cat whisper.
My favorite saying is...
If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.