I am an Assistant Professor in the Higher Education Administration Program at Auburn University. In that role, I also serve as the program coordinator for the PhD/MEd and Certificate in College/University Teaching graduate programs. My Ph.D. is in Teaching & Learning, Higher Education from the University of North Dakota. I have a MEd in Adult Education from Westminster College with a certification in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). My research interests focus on identifying the institutional practices, processes, and discourses that coordinate the experiences of women and underrepresented groups in higher education, explored through a critical lens. My areas of research include Women in Higher Education, STEM in Higher Education, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). I am a qualitative methodologist, with a focus on ethnographic and discourse methods of inquiry. My research questions seek to understand how pedagogy, classroom climate, institutional environment, curriculum, and faculty characteristics inform student experiences, and how the institution coordinates those factors through translocal practices. I received the 2019 NASPA Ruth Strang award for research concerning women in higher education and was the first recipient of the Gloria Nathanson Research Fund for International Research.
Currently, I am conducting research to validate my conceptual model for social justice-based curriculum design, a Postcolonial Approach to Curriculum Design. Through that research, I am identifying and developing competencies for Higher Education Practitioners and Outdoors Educators to inform graduate curriculum and program development. Second, I am continuing research on the institutional factors that perpetuate gender inequities in STEM in higher education through a focus on the transition experiences for women transitioning to STEM studies (i.e., new freshmen, transfer students, undergraduate to graduate). Finally, with co-author Dr. C. Casey Ozaki, I am working on a three-volume edited set to be published on Palgrave titled Teaching and Learning for Social Justice and Equity in Education. If you are interested in collaborating or would like to speak more about any of these or past projects, please contact me.