Associate Professor of Communication & Leadership
Office: Burrus Dickinson 301
Phone: (309) 467-6332
PhD, Higher Education Administration, Illinois State University, 2015
MA, Communication Studies, Eastern Illinois University, 2005
BS, Public Relations, Illinois State University, 2004
BS, Political Science, Illinois State University, 2004
My research interests include nonverbal expressions of social power, community-centered leadership, and communication pedagogy. My current research project explores how professors intentionally think about constructing a community-centered dialogue in the classroom from the first day of class.
I teach courses in both Communication and Leadership Studies. A few of the courses I currently teach are: Intercultural Communication, Philosophy and Ethics of Leadership, Professional Communication, and Advanced Public Speaking.
Some of my professional memberships include: Central States Communication Association (CSCA), Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA), and the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association (ICTA). I serve as co-advisor to the Communication Club and I supervise honors theses, internships, and independent and directed studies.
I enjoy cooking meals from my garden, spending time with my family, reading, coaching public speaking, and golfing. I also love exploring new places—my most recent travels include Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria.