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 theAmerican 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