Marketing Program

Karen Eutsler

Senior Teaching Professor
Taskforce Member, Center for Innovation

After earning her MBA from Xavier in 2006, Karen joined the XU faculty as an Adjunct Professor teaching Professional Selling.  She spent 15 years in corporate before changing careers in 2016 to be a full-time academic.  Her professional experience is centered on sales, client service, marketing, and employee engagement. 

Karen’s courses are heavily influenced by her time in “the real world”.  Experiential learning, where students work with local companies on marketing projects, is a major focus in all of her classes. 

Sample Projects:

2022 – MLS team FC Cincinnati partnered with the Professional Selling Practicum class to give students hands-on experience selling game tickets B2B and B2C. Students created prospecting scripts, cold called, and launched digital/physical marketing campaigns to promote their product. Competing against a similar sales class at the University of Cincinnati, XU outsold UC by over 3X.

2021 – Principles of Marketing students learned first-hand from Xavier alumni and CEO Andy Gibson about the operations, go-to-market strategy, and mission of Tide Cleaners. Students then worked in teams to develop new marketing initiatives for the brand. Karen’s winning team is currently working with the executive leadership of Tide Cleaners to launch their idea, a partnership between Loads of Hope and The Ronald McDonald House.

2018 – Students worked with Kroger’s Our Brands division to innovate new ice cream flavors for the Kroger/Private Selection brands. 80 student group submissions spanning 11 sections of Principles of Marketing were evaluated by Kroger and the top 5 finalists presented to a panel of Kroger executives. The winning flavor, Big Top Blast, created by 3 of Karen’s students, was renamed Unicorn Swirl and launched nationwide in 2019. Kroger sold over 1M tubs of Unicorn Swirl ice cream in its initial year and has since gone on to expand the product line.

In addition to teaching, Karen serves on the Sedler Center Board of Advisors and the Advisory Commission for St. James School.  She is a room parent for her own kids’ classrooms, sideline supporter for their multiple sports, and avid reader.

Karen is the 2018-2019 Williams College of Business Professor of the Year and recipient of the 2019 Student Athlete Faculty Appreciation Award.

First Year at Xavier





  • MBA (Marketing) Xavier University
  • BS (Education & Allied Professions) University of Dayton