Karen Kirkhart

M.S.W., Ph.D.
Professor Emerita

Dr. Kirkhart retired at the end of the Spring 2020 semester. She originally joined the Social Work faculty in 1986. Dr. Kirkhart has distinguished herself as an exemplary teacher and scholar of international importance in the field of evaluation research. She also has provided senior leadership in curricular areas of both the School of Social Work as well as Falk College.

Her contributions have been widely recognized with, for example, the National Council of Collegiate Scholars 2018 Advisor of the Year Award; American Evaluation Association’s Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Theory; and designation as a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and American Evaluation Association. She has also received several Faculty Member of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards at Syracuse University.


Ph.D., The Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (1979)

Master of Social Work, School of Social Work, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (1972)

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Pomona College, Claremont, California (1970)


Human diversity and evaluation