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Dr. Crystal Karn

Crystal Karn
Associate Professor of Business

College of Business

Phone: 260.422.5561, ext. 2434

Cell Phone: See syllabus for Dr Karn's Cell Phone Information


Office: Cunningham # 215B


Dr. Karn’s professional background includes extensive experience in the finance industry working with Fortune 500 companies. In addition to her 10-plus years of university teaching experience, Dr. Karn has worked in financial roles including new client acquisition, training, investments, insurance, risk planning, personal and business banking, loans, profit-and-loss analysis, credit management and financial reconciliation. She is an active member of Financial Executives International (FEI) and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

My Office Hours

Office Hours Spring 2024

Monday:                          7:45am – 9:00am & 11:50-12:50                     

Tuesday:                         10:45am-Noon (12pm)

Wednesday:                  7:45am – 9:00am & 11:50-12:50

Thursday:                        10:45am-11:45am

Friday:                             7:45am – 9:00am

**Other Hours Are Available Upon Request**

**Appointments Are Available Virtually and In Person**

Office Location: Cunningham # 215B 

Classes I Teach

Spring 2024 Courses

  • Personal Finance (BA 2200)
  • Organizational Behavior (BA 2700) – 2 Sections
  • Financial Services Valuation and Strategy (BA 4120)
  • Introduction to Financial Services (BA 2105)
  • BA 2160 – Creating Service and Sales Relationships – Online

My Academic Advising Roles

College of Business Students (Management, Financial Services)

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Global Leadership, Indiana Tech; Concentration in Organizational Leadership (2013)
  • MBA, Indiana Tech (2009)
  • B.A., Interpersonal & Organizational Communication, Purdue University (2004), Public Relations Minor

Professional Experience

I have been teaching since 2009. I started teaching as an adjunct professor at Indiana Tech with both traditional and online students. I also taught in the Master of Science in Leadership program at Trine University from 2012-2013. In 2013, I gained full-time status at Indiana Tech as an Assistant Professor of Marketing and Management.

I have over 7 years of experience in the finance industry working with fortune 500 companies. My various financial roles have included work with marketing, new client acquisition, training, investments, insurance, risk planning, personal and business banking, loans, profit & loss analysis, credit management, and financial reconciliation. I have been Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) Registered and hold a valid Indiana Insurance Producers License. I have been FINRA registered with various securities licenses.

Prior to working in finance I was an area manager for a rental car company. I was responsible for establishing marketing practices and objectives for new areas. I also oversaw operations management, fleet utilization, staffing, new account acquisition, profit & loss analysis, and human resources.


  • Expatriate Leaders Creating Advantages
    Journal of Knowledge Management Research & Practice (In Review)
    September 2013
  • Innovation Dimensions of Visionary Leadership and Organizational Learning
    Journal of Leadership Studies (In Editing)
    October 2013
  • Indiana Tech Leadership Week Speaker – Creating Your Leadership Presence (September 2014)
  • Invited Guest Speaker – Indiana Tech Alumni Networking Event – Leadership Branding (October 2014)
  • Summer 2015 – Corporate Leadership Training and Development
  • September 2015 – CBE Higher Education Summit – Indianapolis
  • October 2015 – CBE Exchange – Listening, Learning, and Leading
  • December 2015 – Journal of Leadership Studies Reviewer
  • June 2016 – The Art of Storytelling and Creativity in the Classroom – Presenter – Teaching Professor Conference 2016
  • June 2016 – UBTECH Conference Presenter – June 2016
    • Co-presenter with Dr. Jeff Zimmerman
    • Collaborative Learning in Collaborative Spaces: Lessons Learned from Planning to Implementation
  • February  2017 – Invited Presenter – Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Conference:   Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment.  
  • June 2017 – Presenter – Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Leaning – Bethesda, MD.
  • June 2018 – Northeast Indiana Workshop for Assessment and Learning
  • July 2018 – Wallethub Contributor
  • April 2019 – Expert Panel Contributor – Wallethub Credit Card Analysis
  • 2020 – WalletHub Contributor
  • 2020 – NerdWallet Contributor
  • 2021-WalletHub Contributor – Expert Panelist
  • 2021- NerdWallet Contributor – Expert Panelist

Additional Information

  • Tenure and Promotions Committee Chair – 2023
  • Tenure and Promotions Committee Secretary – 2022
  • Governance and Academic Affairs Committee – General Representative
  • Editorial Board – International Journal of Organizational Leadership
  • Indiana Tech Investment Club Student Organization Advisor 2022 – Present
  • Leepoxy Faculty Award – 2017
  • Indiana Tech Curriculum Committee Chair – past
  • Indiana Tech 403(b) Fiduciary Committee Member
  • Financial Services Program Champion
  • College of Business Curriculum Chair
  • Wallethub Contributor
  • College of Business Leadership Month/Week Co-Chair
  • Indiana Tech Alumni Board of Directors – Board Member (Past)
  • Indiana Tech Alumni Board of Directors – Vice President (Past)
  • International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Board Member – Heritage Region Chapter Liaison
  • Financial Executives International Member (FEI), Fort Wayne Chapter Member
  • Junior Achievement, Teacher/Volunteer
  • International Leadership Association (ILA), Member
  • Indiana Tech Alumni Association Member
  • Honors Committee Member
  • Subject Matter Expert – Develop OER Courses – College of Business