Profile for Kara Ostlund

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Specialty area(s)

Title IX; Federal, State, and Institutional Compliance

Brief biography

I earned two degrees from Appalachian State University: a bachelor’s in Family and Consumer Sciences, Secondary Education and a master’s in College Student Development with a focus in Student Affairs.  I am currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  As Assistant Dean of Students, I am responsible for implementing and administering the UW System Code of Conduct for all reports of academic and non-academic misconduct.  I also provide oversight and implementation of Student Life Office compliance needs, including the Clery Act and the Annual Security Report, as well as other federal, state and UW System legal requirements.

I was born and raised in North Carolina and lived in the south most of my life.  I enjoy beautiful scenery and would love to get out more and take a lot of pictures of the beautiful area in which we live.  I currently have two dogs, a Treeing-Walker Coonhound (Sully) and a Lab mix (Ramsie).  I was a pole vaulter in college and love athletics!


M.A., College Student Development. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.  

B.S., Family and Consumer Sciences, Secondary Education. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.  


Teaching history

Winthrop University, ACAD101: Principles of the Learning Academy

Winthrop University, LEAD 120: Theory and Practice of Leaders (Guest Lecturer)

Appalachian State University, HPC 3400: Resident Assistant Development


Professional history

Assistant Dean of Students.  University of Wisconsin La Crosse; La Crosse, WI

Hall Director. University of Wisconsin Eau Claire; Eau Claire, WI

Associate Dean of Students and Director of Conduct. Catawba College; Salisbury, NC

Residential Learning Coordinator and Academic Associate. Winthrop University; Rock Hill, SC

Area Coordinator. Middle Tennessee State University; Murfreesboro, TN


Research and publishing

McClure, K. R., Frierson, L., Hall, A. W, & Ostlund, K. L. (2017). Philanthropic giving by foundations to higher education institutions: A state-level social network analysis. Philanthropy & Education, 1(1), 1-28.

McClure, K. R., & Ostlund, K. L. (2017, October 2). [Review of the book Selling hope and college: Merit, markets, and recruitment in an unranked school, by Alex Posecznik]. Teachers College Record.