Karen S. Markel, Ph.D.

Dean Markel

Karen S. Markel, Ph.D.

Professor of Management
Dwire Hall 230



Karen Markel is a Professor of Management at the College of Business at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). Her experience includes serving as Dean of UCCS College of Business as well as serving as Dean of the College of Business and Public Policy at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she led all college academic programs and the Institute of Social and Economic Research. Markel was previously at Oakland University of Rochester, Michigan, from 2001 through 2018. While at Oakland, she held a variety of leadership positions including chair of the Department of Management and Marketing, Inaugural Provost Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion as well as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Business Programs.

Dr. Markel earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Management from Washington University in St. Louis, a M.S. in Sociology from SUNY at Buffalo, and a Ph.D. in Social Sciences - Human Resource Management and Labor Relations from Michigan State University. Markel has been widely published in leading management journals and has made significant contributions to human resource management and business practices. She holds SHPR and SHRM-SCP human resource certifications.




  • Ph.D., Social Science with concentration in Human Resource Management and Labor Relations, Michigan State University
  • M.A., Sociology, State University of New York
  • B.A. Business Administration, Washington University

Current Research Interests and Expertise

  • Public Private Partnerships in Higher Education
  • Inclusive employee recruitment and retention practices
  • Neurodivergent employees
  • Personal Change, Transition, and Career Development
  • Pay Transparency

Recent Administrative and Professional Accomplishments

  • Human Resource Professional Senior Certification by HRCI and SHRM (2015-Present)
  • Faculty Affiliate, Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience (ongoing)
  • Member, State of Colorado committee for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Higher Education (2022-2024)
  • Gallup Trained Strengthfinders Coach (2023)
  • UCCS College of Business Dean (2020-2022)
  • ASU/Georgetown Innovation in Higher Education Fellowship (2021-2022)
  • UCCS Online Lead (2020-2021)