Karl Besel is an Associate Professor at Indiana University Kokomo. His administrative experience outside of academia includes serving for five years as the CEO of a court-related agency that provided a variety of health and human service programs within Johnson County, Indiana. He also worked as the director of a health clinic at the University of Louisville for two years. Before becoming an administrator, he served as a clinical social worker for hospitals and outpatient facilities within the Louisville area.
His research on nonprofit management within the health and human services field has been published within a number of internationally recognized, peer reviewed journals. In addition to these publications on healthcare related agencies nationally, he has also conducted research on NGOs within the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Jamaica, and India related to economic development, real estate development, as well as nonprofit sustainability. His latest book project is entitled Back to the Future: The Rise of NeoTraditionalism in Urban Planning.