Karen Shirer

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Karen Shirer

Associate Dean Extension Center for Family Development

Karen Shirer has 41 years of experience as an educator, manager, researcher, and administrator for family and consumer sciences programs in both formal and non-formal settings. She has served as the Universitiy of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development Associate Dean since 2007. Her research interests focus on at-risk and low-income families and family life education. She has a strong interest and expertise in participatory processes for planning, implementing, and developing community-based educational programs and services. Dr. Shirer earned a Ph.D. in Family and Consumer and Sciences Education at Iowa State University. Her dissertation focused on community needs assessment as a resource for health planning in rural areas. Her areas of focus include adult learning, family demographics, health promotion, welfare to work, balancing work and family

University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development490 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles AveSt. Paul, MN 55108