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Karen E. Watkins

  • Professor and Associate Department Head, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy (Adult Education, Learning and Organization)

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Office Location

RC 406 River's Crossing
850 College Station Road
Athens, Georgia 30602

Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • Human Resource and Organization Development
  • Studying Organizational Change
  • Evaluating Executive Development

Research Interests

  • Action Research
  • Learning Organizations
  • Informal and Incidental Learning

Programs of Study

Research Summary

Author or co-author of 6 books, over 80 articles, and numerous book chapters, Karen's scholarly interests include incidental learning, action science, and organizational learning assessment. Watkins and Marsick developed and validated the Dimensions of the Learning Organization Questionnaire used in over 90 published studies.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
PhD Educational Administration The University of Texas at Austin 1981

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2014 Scholar Hall of Fame Academy of Human Resource Development
2003 Hall of Fame International Adult and Continuing Education
1999 Outstanding HRD Scholar Academy of Human Resource Development
2001 Distinguished Graduate, Community College Leadership Program The University of Texas at Austin
1999 Delegate United Nations Colloquium "Learning Never Ends" UNESCO and AARP