PhD, Higher Education Administration & Foundations, Illinois State University, 2014
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, Human Communication, Philosophy and Ethics of Leadership, Organizational Communication, and Advanced Public Speaking.
Some of my professional memberships include the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA) and the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association (ICTA).
The small class sizes and liberal arts mission drew me to Eureka College.
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.