Karen I. Conger, Ph.D.
Dr. Conger has provided expert qualitative coding and consultation services using NVivo and other qualitative software programs for students, faculty, and professional researchers for over twenty years.
Dr. Conger earned her doctoral degree at Walden University, MN, and served several years as online qualitative methodologist faculty at The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University in the Ph.D. program. Other educational experience includes university education faculty in mathematics and statistics; secondary mathematics teacher; education technology grants funded by General Electric and the State of California; and curriculum development in the math education market, including the California P.A.S.S. (Portable Assisted Study Sequence) program, which became a focus of Dr. Conger's doctoral research.
Previous commercial work experience includes financial securities (Series 7 financial advisor) and accounting/bookkeeping in multiple industries including real estate development, marketing/advertising, construction, manufacturing, and cooperatives.
This qualitative and mixed-method educational background and experience provides knowledge and respect for the rigor and ethical boundaries required in various doctoral programs. Many university committee chairs, committee members, faculty, and research directors refer their students and projects to Dr. Conger because they trust her integrity and professionalism.
Creative interests are motivated by her personal Christian faith and belief that qualitative researchers are social change agents, which she expresses through pastel and digital paintings. Please click the link Endangered Wildlife Paintings to see a few of her wildlife paintings and to find updated information about the protective support that is currently underway by wildlife conservation organizations.
Other favorite causes supported by Dr. Conger include her local Presbyterian EPC church; and various local, domestic, and global mission programs. These programs include Search Dog Foundation (rescuing and recruiting dogs and partnering them with firefighters and other first responders to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters); and Samaritan's Purse International Relief (nondenominational evangelical Christian organization programs such as Operation Christmas Child, International Disaster Relief, and World Medical Mission.)
Dr. Conger finds many creative and innovative parallels between the qualitative, quantitative, and artistic worlds, each being enhanced by the other. Her education, experience, and interests add valuable interdisciplinary knowledge for qualitative research in multiple degree programs.
Ph.D. Education, Math
- Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
Dissertation: A Content Analysis Study of Portable Assisted Study Sequence Mathematics Curricular Materials for Migrant Students Using the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards
Recipient: Harold Hodgkinson Outstanding Dissertation Award. The Harold L. Hodgkinson Award is bestowed annually upon a Walden graduate whose dissertation is judged as meeting the highest university standards of academic excellence.
Dr. Conger's teaching and university research experience includes having served as online qualitative methodologist faculty at The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University in the Ph.D. program.
MA Education, Curriculum and Instruction
- California State University, Bakersfield
BSBA Finance, Management Science Option
- University of Tennessee, Knoxville