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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

Office Hours

Visit me online or in my office.

Office Hours Spring 2022

Monday 11:50-1:30pm    

Tuesday 7:30-8am & 10:45-12:45 pm

Wednesday  11:50-12:20

Thursday 7:30-8am & 10:45-1:30 pm

Friday – By Appointment


Location: Cunningham # 215B or Online (your choice)

***Other appointments are available upon request.***

Class Information

Spring Courses:

BA 2700 – Organizational Behavior

BA 2200 – Personal Finance

BA 2105 – Introduction to Financial Services

BA 4120 – Fin. Services Valuation & Strategy

MBA 5300 – Graduate Organizational Behavior

OLHE 7005 – PhD – Managing Financial Performance and Decision Making

BA 2160 – Creating Service and Sales Relationships

Academic Advisor Roles

College of Business Students (Management, Financial Services)

Academic Degrees

  • 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.

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • 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

  • Editorial Board – International Journal of Organizational Leadership
  • 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