In this brief biography, I highlight my current research, teaching and mentorship, and service. I actively collaborate and strive to enhances the student experience in our department through mentoring and proactively serving our diverse student population. I continue to develop as an educator, researcher and active member of my university community who is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of my work.
Critical perspectives with sociocultural learning, women’s entrepreneurship, and DEI initiatives in Adult Education and Human Resource Development are the key research areas that span social learning, workplace diversity, communities, and critical theoretical frameworks. My current publication record includes 7 refereed journal articles, 3 non-refereed journal articles, and 1 book chapter. I have 1 book chapter under review as well as 2 works in progress from my dissertation research that will be submitted and under review in 2022. In addition to these publications, I have completed 16 conference proceedings, 28 national/international conference presentations, and 5 regional conference presentations. I actively engage in professional organizations like the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE), American Education Research Association (AERA) and the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) to disseminate research, receive feedback and stay on the cutting edge of the field.
Teaching and Mentorship
As a faculty member in the department of Human and Organizational Learning at GWU I teach Adult Learning Theory courses in the Organizational Leadership and Learning Master’s program. I engage in face to face, hybrid, and online instruction. I carefully outline expectations for students to engage synchronously and asynchronously in virtual environments. I engage with students through teaching strategies that include peer to peer activities, student led facilitation, individual reflective practice and meta-reflection, case studies, peer review and self-evaluation. I support the development of virtual learning communities to enhance students’ ownership of their own learning. I am technology proficient and approach online teaching and learning as an opportunity to democratizing education through expanding conceptualizations of community. I also engage in developmental mentorship with students completing internships for class credit and I engaged in teaching students’ literature review methods through research and independent studies and in my developmental approach to student research mentorship.
I actively engage in professional organizations and conferences like the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) and the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) to connect with other scholars in the field to engage in research partnerships. I serve as a reviewer for both the AAACE and AHRD conference. At the institution level I participate in the GW Coders group that brings students and faculty together to apply computational and data analytics skills in research. This is an interdisciplinary group emerging from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. This partnership has provided an opportunity to engage in mentorship through their internship program with undergraduate students interested in data coding while also supporting my research. At GSEHD, I serve on two major committees: The Masters Appeals Committee (MAC) and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEIC). For MAC I review appeals from students related to their program status and annually review and rank foundation scholarship applications. For the DEIC I represent my department and review by-laws and make recommendations to the dean regarding equity issues.
I provide departmental operations support for the master’s program. Responsibilities include advising masters students; interviewing, onboarding, and supporting adjunct faculty; working with staff to facilitate meetings and community building sessions. Additionally, I serve on the HOL doctoral redesign committee working with my colleagues to examine necessary changes to the program structure and resource allocation. These service endeavors are important to department operations and student support.