My primary research interests involve studying the
intersections of time, communication, and technology in healthcare
organizations. In addition, my research centralizes how traditional and newer
media are perceived and/or used to distribute messages in time-constrained
conditions such as emergencies and crises. Finally, I investigate identity
negotiation in the workplace and seek to further understand what makes work
“meaningful" to people in different organizational and national cultures.
Education should be challenging but doable, and my goal is
to encourage students to prioritize learning
(not just grades) by infusing novelty and current events into my educational
strategies. I strongly advocate the idea that education and learning are not
defined by a classroom, but instead
realized through an awareness of surroundings and a desire for intellectual
challenges and growth. As such, I strive to improve the learning experiences of
students by creating working relationships with the Baylor and Waco communities.
For example, in Small Group Communication (CSS 3304), my students work with
nonprofits in the Waco area to accomplish diverse projects grounded in
communication, such as coordinating fundraising events, facilitating common
ground in periods of mergers, formulating marketing strategies and PR campaigns,
and learning how to become skilled in website design. Through these assignments,
students gain valuable real-world experience in group collaboration,
decision-making, conflict, creativity, and organizational change and
Family, Outside Hobbies and Interests:
In my free time, I enjoy traveling in every direction and as
far as expenses will allow. My favorite destinations so far have included Český
Krumlov (Czech Republic), Edinburgh (Scotland), and Krakow (Poland), to name a
few. When at home, and not in the classroom, I enjoy spending valuable time
with my family and friends, including my beloved rescue dog and best friend,
Gracie Bell. Other interests include college sports (Go Bears!), water and snow skiing,
and any type of live music.
What is the best thing about being a Baylor Bear?
Everything! Baylor has always felt like a family to me. Every
one of my immediate family members (grandparents included) attended
Baylor-several of them earning advanced degrees. Therefore, being a Baylor bear
is a prized quality I share with the ones I love most. In addition, Baylor also
feels like a symbolic family in that the university environment pushes you to
learn more and reach your full potential, and yet provides resources of support
and comfort around every corner. Very proud to be a bear.