Teaching & Learning Consultant
@CMU since :: 2014
After 15 years of teaching, I am thrilled my career path has led me to Central Michigan University as a Teaching & Learning Consultant in the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching (FaCIT).
As an undergraduate student at Arizona State University, I fell in love with social psychology and knew it would be my
area of study in graduate school. I earned both my M.S. (1996) and Ph.D. (1999) from Texas Christian University and since then have had the pleasure of teaching both
undergraduate and graduate students at a variety of institutions of higher education.
While my initial research program was the study of intimate relationships, my passion and interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning dominates my current research agenda. I am most fascinated with the research on master teaching, authentic teaching and assessment, and the application of positive psychology to the teaching and learning environment.
My most faithful, loyal, and loving companion, Trooper, continues to be my anchor, best friend, and number one
source of joy in life.
In my free time, I can be found riding my bicycle, doing yoga, and watching (especially the New York Giants,
Indianapolis Colts, and Arizona Diamondbacks) or playing sports. Moreover, I love coaching 5th & 6th grade girls’ basketball.
When it comes to other leisure activities, I enjoy listening to live music, the theater, movies, cruising, traveling, wine and beer tasting, and visiting the cities of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Rome, Italy as often as possible.
Office :: Park 413M
My Teaching Philosophy in 15 words or less:
“Education is not the filling of the pail, but the lighting of a fire.” William Yeats
Favorite Cereal: Lucky Charms (especially when feeling blue)
Favorite Month: October (love the foliage colors and all four of my favorite sports are in action: football, baseball, basketball, and hockey)
Most Peaceful Place: Any beach
Favorite Food: Any food prepared in Italy or by my mother
TV Addictions: Homeland, Mad Men, Revenge, Modern Family, & HGTV/DIY
Favorite Movie Line: “Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!” A League of Their Own