I love creating and sharing ideas to deepen understanding and shift perspectives about teaching, learning, and leadership. I'm the newest faculty in the MSA Program and a lifelong Chip. I first fell in love with CMU in the fall of my freshman year, surrounded with ideas and possibilities. Since then, I've become a first-generation college graduate with three degrees from CMU: a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, a Master of Arts in English Composition and Communication, and a Bachelor of Science in Education.
My professional experience spans 14 years in administrative and faculty roles, including serving as the Director of Research for the Online Learning Consortium's Research Center for Digital Learning & Leadership, where I led the organization's research, publications, and thought leadership efforts. Prior to my work at the OLC, I served as Director of Academic Support and First-Year Retention at Alma College, where I led student support and success tracking and initiatives. I also previously taught for more than a decade in the Department of English Language and Literature at CMU. My research interests include online, blended, and digital learning; digital pedagogy; writing pedagogy; online organizational structure; adjunct faculty support; digital literacy; global digital citizenship education, workforce skill development, and effortless perfection.
I live on a small farm in Midland County with my husband Tim and our children: Gabe, Collin, Marek, Gannon, and Carrigan. In my spare time, I enjoy running (although I run only recreationally and rarely race), reading (especially productivity-focused books, social science books, and fiction), and cooking (mostly warm comfort foods like soup and bread).
I love the possibilities and opportunities at CMU for our students, and I'm honored to work beside, teach, and learn from them as they set out to achieve their goals and make meaningful impacts as organizational changemakers.