Dr. Karen Furgerson, contributing faculty at Walden University, has been an educator for 44 years. After receiving a bachelor's degree in education from Jacksonville State University, she began teaching physical education and language arts in elementary and middle schools in Walker County, Georgia. After completing her master's degree in counseling, again from JSU, she moved into a school counselor position at the high school level in Ringgold, Georgia. While working on her Ph.D. in counselor education at the University of Alabama, Dr. Furgerson taught practicum classes for the university and while completing her dissertation, she was a visiting assistant professor of counseling at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After receiving her Ph.D., in 1995, Dr. Furgerson began her career in higher education as an assistant professor of counseling and school counseling coordinator at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In 2000, Dr. Furgerson became an Associate Professor of counseling and program coordinator at Texas A & M University Kingsville, in Kingsville, Texas. Dr. Furgerson retired from Texas A & M University Kingsville in 2024 and took the contributing faculty position at Walden.