A philosophy for life and education.

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Hello and welcome!  Through this website, I hope to provide a glimpse of my scholar-practitioner-activist philosophies as a way to connect with others.  Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Utah and I study sexual violence on college campuses through a power-conscious framework.  I earned a PhD in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado in 2011. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Utah, I worked as a faculty member and student affairs educator in a few different roles:

  • University of Georgia, Assistant Professor (2013-2017); Associate Professor and PhD Program Coordinator (2017-18)

  • Senior Instructor, Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program, The Ohio State University (2012-13)

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Higher Education, University of Denver (2011-12)

  • Director, Women's Programs and Studies, Colorado State University (2005-10)

  • Adjunct Instructor, Women's Studies, Colorado State University (2004-11)

  • Adjunct Instructor, Ethnic Studies, Colorado State University, (2008-11)

I earned my undergraduate (business administration) and master's degrees (student affairs) from the University of Nebraska (Go Big Red!). My prior experience as a student affairs educator and instructor for women's studies and ethnic studies inform my research, teaching, and service. 

In addition to my formal education and previous work experience, my socialization as queer, white cisgender woman from a mixed social class background inform my perspectives and how I approach my work.  While the influence of these identities varies depending on the topic and approach to my work, they are the most salient in my daily experiences.  Because my research interests largely center race and gender in higher education, I am acutely aware of my socialization as a "nice white lady" in education and recognize ways I, and my white women peers, have contributed negatively to students' of Color experiences by trying to "help" in ways that was not welcome or needed.  Because we are the largest demographic in education, further exploring and addressing this dynamic is important in my work.  Coupled with my whiteness, my identity as a cisgender  woman who presents as "traditionally feminine" significantly influences my experience in classrooms.  I believe that I can often say things that people who do not share my identities cannot say without significantly more resistance.  Continually reflecting on these identities and their influence on my work remains vitally important as I keep moving forward as a scholar-activist.