I am Dr. Karen Rush, Professor of Business and Management. I obtained my Ph.D. in Business Administration Management from Northcentral University in 2013. I received a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to that, I earned two Associate degrees in Applied Science and Arts (Accounting) from Somerset Community College. I graduated from Pulaski County High School in Somerset, Kentucky, and I still live in Somerset.
I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but have spent most of life living in Kentucky except for a couple of years when I lived in Hawaii. I say I am a city mouse/country mouse having had the pleasure of experiencing life in different surroundings.
I have served as a full-time professor at CU since 2008. Prior to that time, I served as an adjunct instructor and was previously the center director for a small business college in central Kentucky, where I first gained experience as a teacher. Concurrently with teaching I worked as a paralegal and accounts manager in a law firm for 12 years. I still help out there on occasion and have functioned as a consultant as I enjoy keeping up-to-date in the legal field. For CU I teach undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses. I was a professor in the KIIS study abroad program in Bregenz, Austria in 2012 and was scheduled to teach there again until the cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
I am a Christian of the Baptist faith, and I am an active member at First Baptist Church in Somerset where I am a choir member, member of the counting committee, budget committee, and serve as co-chair of the Missions and Evangelism team. I have been to Turkey on two separate mission trips and have enjoyed several mission trips in Kentucky. I love to travel and have had the opportunity to visit all 50 states and 29 countries thus far.
My teaching philosophy embraces the belief that learning is a God-given ability that should be exercised and embraced. I love my students and look forward to seeing them excel. Knowledge is useless unless it is shared. With higher learning comes responsibility. Education is something that no one can take away from you. Once it is achieved, combined with experience and spiritual growth, comes wisdom. I believe we have a responsibility to pass this wisdom on to others.