I grew up in central Minnesota and I am excited to back in the upper Midwest after having earned my B.A. from Winona State University (2002), my M.A. from Minnesota State University, Mankato (2004), and my Ph.D. in Communication Studies and Women's Studies Graduate Certificate from Bowling Green State University (2007). I teach primarily in the Organizational Communication Emphasis in the Department of Communication and Journalism (CJ) and am affiliate-faculty in the Women's Studies Program (WMNS). Courses I have taught at UW-Eau Claire include CJ/WMNS 111 (Gender, Race, & Class-The Social Construction of Identity (First-Year Experience Course)), CJ 202 (Fundamentals of Speech (Online & Face-to-Face)), CJ 300 (Research Methods), CJ 307/507 (Small Group Communication), CJ/WMNS 317 (Women in the Mass Media), CJ 350/550 (Training and Human Resource Development), CJ 387/497 (Academic/Advanced Academic Apprentice), CJ 392 (Communication in Interpersonal and Cultural Contexts (Online)), CJ 459 (Communication Studies Capstone/Senior Research Seminar), CJ 499 (Independent Study), WMNS 433 (Women, Work, & Family Issues (Online)), and WMNS 496 (Women's Studies Capstone Faculty Advisor).
I have had papers accepted for publication in Quarterly Research Reports in Communication and Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. I have also presented several conference papers at national and regional conferences. My research has primarily focused on research in the areas of generational diversity, work-life balance, gender issues, LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) issues in education, and pedagogy. I strive to employ feminist pedagogical methods in the classroom that promote active student involvement in the social construction of knowledge and student responsibility of critically engaging curriculum. Specific methods typically include in-class and out-of class opportunities for learning and culminate in presentations, written documents, and student-facilitated discussion.
I serve as an Editorial Review Board member for Communication Studies, Communication Teacher, and Speaker and Gavel. In addition, I regularly serve the discipline as a Reviewer for the Feminist and Women's Studies, Instructional Development, Basic Course, and Master's Education divisions of the National Communication Association. When I'm not working, I enjoy my neighborhood, listening to oldies, grilling out, campfires, playing cards, thrifting, and playing with Kima (la pooch)!