Karen Edwards

Senior Instructor University of South Carolina College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Karen Edwards serves as interim associate dean of academic programs as well as interim co-director / BAIS and online programs and is a senior instructor in the Department of Retailing at the University of South Carolina. Recipient of the University’s 2019 Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation, the 2017 Faculty Integrity Award, and the 2010-11 Harry E. Varney Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, Edwards teaches in the areas of digital commerce, asset protection and law-related issues affecting retailers. Edwards has developed numerous undergraduate and graduate-level courses, such as Law for Retailers, Fashion and the Law and Asset Protection for Retailers. She has also led numerous study abroad programs and co-developed the University’s first-ever virtual study abroad course. In 2016, Edwards received the Brian J. and Linda L. Mihalik Global Scholar Award. She is a frequent presenter and past associate director for distributed learning at the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), where she presently serves as a faculty mentor for individualized coaching.

Juris Doctor 2000
BA, History 1998
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More Community Action is Needed to Help Prevent the Growing Amount of Organized Crime Targeting Retailers

Karen Edwards - September 5, 2023

This growing phenomenon of retailers pulling out of cities plagued by organized crime offers more than just a lesson in economics; its a call to collective action. With the recent departures of major retailers, like Nordstrom, in cities like San Francisco, a major shift is happening in retail.

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Cruise Lines Adapt to Rough Waters with Ever-Changing CDC Guidelines

Karen Edwards - February 9, 2022

Uncertainty is the name of the game for the cruises in 2022. To close out 2021, the industry, which has been struggling to unanchor itself from the financial and PR losses it faced during the pandemic, was hit with a fresh update from the CDC.

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