Karl Besel, Ph.D


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Karl Besel, Ph.D

Associate Professor
Office: KE 336
Phone: (765)-455-9539
E-mail: kbesel@iuk.edu


Educational Background:

Valparaiso University, BSW

University of Louisville, MSSW, Kent School of Social Work

University of Louisville, Ph.D. School of Business 

Summary of Professional Experience:

My administrative experience outside of academia includes serving for five years as the CEO of a court-related agency that provided a variety of health and human service programs within Johnson County, Indiana. I also worked as the director of a health clinic at the University of Louisville for two years.  Before becoming an administrator, I served as a clinical social worker for hospitals and outpatient facilities within the Louisville area.

Academic Background in a Nutshell:

My research on nonprofit management within the health and human services field has been published within a number of internationally recognized, peer reviewed journals. In addition to these publications on healthcare related agencies nationally, I have also conducted research on NGOs within the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Jamaica, and India related to economic development, real estate development, as well as nonprofit sustainability.  Please see my attached CV for more detail on my work as an instructor, researcher, and consultant within the health and human services field. My latest book project is entitled Back to the Future: The Rise of NeoTraditionalism in Urban Planning.

Research Interests:

Nonprofit and NGO Sustainability within the Health and Human Services Field

Mergers and Acquisitions of Healthcare Organizations

Economic Development

New Urbanism and Historical Preservation