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Karla Thoennes

Specialty area(s)

Student Affairs Administration, Institutional Analysis, Strategic Planning, Assessment

Brief biography

Dr. Karla Thoennes has worked in higher education and student affairs for over 25 years.  She is a planner and problem-solver and enjoys developing organizations and teams.  Personally, she loves to travel and learn new things.  She considers herself a tourist wherever she is, even in her home town.

Current courses at UWL

SAA 765 Assessment in Student Affairs (spring 2018)


Doctor of Philosophy, Education, North Dakota State University 

Master of Science, Counseling and College Student Personnel, Mankato State University 

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Speech Communication, North Dakota State University

Professional history

Director of Residence Life, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Senior Associate Director of Residence Life, North Dakota State University

Director of TRIO Programs (interim), North Dakota State University

Assistant Director for Leadership and Community Development, North Dakota State University

Residence Hall Director, Iowa State University

Research and publishing

Thoennes, K. (2017).  Assessment disposition:  Qualities and Strategies for development in student-affairs professionalsals (Doctoral dissertation).  North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND.

Focken, R., Johnson, S., Reid, M., Thoennes, K., (2011).  Program evaluation report:  Education doctoral program annual meeting.  Unpublished manuscript, Education Doctoral Program, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND.

Ellertson, S., Thoennes, K. (2007).  Reframing teaching and learning:  lessons from learning communities for student affairsIn Moore, E. (Ed.), Student Affairs Staff as Teachers, New Directions for Student Services (pp. 35-46).  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass.