I bring a unique perspective of professional and academic experience to my position of assistant professor. I attended the University of North Dakota for my undergraduate degree in journalism and political science. I worked for nine years as a journalist, reporting for two daily newspapers in North Dakota, the Bismarck Tribune and the Grand Forks Herald, and then reporting and producing for Twin Cities Public Television. My reporting was primarily focused on politics and health, which inspired my intense interest in health communication. For the past 16 years, I have worked in public relations, as an employee and consultant/freelancer. My work in public relations has encompassed communications for corporate, nonprofit and public organizations,and has involved a wide variety of professional communication, ranging from crisis management to video productions. I obtained my doctorate degree with the intention of bringing more research and evidence-based communication to the field of health communication, particularly in public relations and community affairs.
I earned my graduate degrees at the University of Minnesota. I have a master's in public affairs (MPA) from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and my doctorate in mass communication from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. My research is focused on health communication, particularly the intersection of traditional and "new" media, including social media. I have presented at numerous academic and professional conferences, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health care communication conference, the American Hospital Association communicators' conference, the International Conference on Crisis Communication and the International Communication Association.
At UW-Eau Claire, I teach CJ105 Communication in Contemporary Society, an introductory course to communication and courses on public relations, including CJ270 intro to public relations, CJ373 public relations writing, and CJ374 Strategic Planning in public relations. I am particularly interested in having my students learn about strategic, organizational uses of social media. My goal is to engage students in class, and as much as possible have students involved in active learning, and reduce their time spent in class listening to lectures.
My family and I live in the Twin Cities - I have three wonderful children -where we enjoy the kids' activities in basketball, baseball, soccer, band andother activities. In my eternal quest to keep learning new things, I take guitar lessons and spend much too much time surfing the net and lurking on social media sites.