Dr. Karen M. Scarton

  • Associate Professor of Interior Design 

    Office: Ackerman Hall, Room 207

    Office Phone: 724-357-2336

    Spring 2021 Virtual Office Hours

    • Monday: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday: 2:30–3:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday: Noon–2:00 p.m.
    • Or by appointment


    Email: k.scarton@iup.edu



    Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    Master of Science in Interior Architecture, Chatham University

    Thesis: Cookie-Cutter Houses: Their Influence on the American Single Family Home,

    Doctor of Education in Administrative and Leadership Studies in Higher Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    Dissertation: Bridging the Gap between Interior Design Education and Entry-Level Job Expectations

    Areas of Interests

    My areas of concentration include residential and kitchen and bath design. My research interests deal with studying minimum entry-level qualifications and attributes desired by current design practitioners, correcting the perceptual distinction between interior design and decoration, and overall interior design curriculum studies. I am currently involved with research that studies retail store atmospherics cross-culturally.


    I have professional experience in kitchen and bath and residential design. I also have experience teaching as an adjunct professor at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. 

    Courses Taught:

    • INDS 105; Introduction to Interior Design
    • INDS 205; Color Theory and Application
    • INDS 230; Presentation for Interior Design
    • INDS 240; 3-D Design
    • INDS 281; Color and Light
    • INDS 305; Interior Lighting
    • INDS 313; Materials and Finishes
    • INDS 315; Residential Design Studio
    • INDS 319; Kitchen and Bath Design
    • INDS 464; Commercial Design Studio I
    • INDS 465; Commercial Design Studio II
    • INDS 481; Interior Design Portfolio