Karen Franks joined the team in early 2019. Prior to her position at SPEA, she advised and career coached 21st Century Scholars. She also worked for five years with pre-service teachers at the School of Education. Her bachelor of art's degree is from the College of Arts and Sciences with a double major in German and journalism. She also earned a master's of library science degree at IUB. Throughout her career, she has found her work helping students discover and reach their fullest potential very gratifying. You might see Franks walking around the building striving to meet her 10,000 steps. When not on campus, she is an ardent knitter and reader or walking her dog Muffin.