I am an associate professor in the Department of Diversity & Community Studies at Western Kentucky University. I teach primarily in the Diversity and Community Studies undergraduate major and the Masters of Arts in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities (SRSC) graduate program. I also teach courses in the Gender & Women’s Studies minor and the Global Pathways to Sustainability and Gender & Women’s Studies graduate certificate programs.
I completed my undergraduate degree in sociology and environmental science in 1994 and my master’s degree in public health/environmental health in 1999 at Western Kentucky University. In 2007, I completed my PhD program in Higher Education Administration at the University of Louisville. My current research focuses on issues pertaining to higher education, sense of place, food justice & politics, social policy, community-based research, and sustainability/resilience. For my most recent research and publication projects, click here.
In Fall 2015, I accepted a position in Academic Affairs as the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Implementation Director. For more information about WKU’s QEP click here.
In addition to my interests in teaching and research, I am the principle investigator of an interdisciplinary community/school gardening project in an at-risk neighborhood in Bowling Green, KY.
Aside from scholarly interests and activities, I also enjoy music (my first love), cooking, kayaking, and gardening. I am a member of a folk group called, “Just Us” – check us out!