Fellowship Year: 2014-15
Ph.D. in Family & Child Ecology from Michigan State University
Department of Human Environmental Studies
Associate Professor in Family Studies, formerly Major Faculty in Family Studies and Life Management Secondary Education
2023 Visioning - Facilitation of faculty and staff dialogues about the 5 recommendation coming from the January 2014 Summit.
Organization of Big Think Retreat, October 2014.
Facilitation of "3/3 Bridge Program" between Family Studies and Counseling faculty.
Initiation of discussion ad research on graduate programs for the Child Development in Global Policy Master's.
National and State Advocacy for Family Studies / Family Life Education Certification with the National Council on Family Relations.
Working on the 2023 Vision and initiating discussion for implementing the recommendations was very exciting. Having the opportunity to invite faculty and staff to meet in small focused discussion groups was rewarding. It created venues to meet many people in our college and to learn more about the work being done. To be a part of these discussion and to listen to others talk was equally rewarding as ideas for points of collaboration always dominated the conversations.
Some of the best things about the Leadership Fellow are the passive things that happened when you are in the office. On April 14, I had the pleasure of driving Dr. Hrabrowski to the University and to participate in a round table discussion and presentation. This was by far the most engaging day I have ever had here at CMU. In preparation for his visit as a T.R. Johnson Speaker, I read two of his books and had the chance to preview his upcoming book due out in May. His works were fascinating but nothing compared to the energy and expertise that he brought to campus. He asked hard questions but made me want to find the answers and work towards change. By the end of the evening I wanted to quit my job and go out into the community and change the world. This was an indirect opportunity that came from being in the Dean's Office. I would never had the chance to spend so much time with Dr. Hrabowski nor would I have been included in the discussion with him if I had not be given the Leadership Fellow.