Office Location: Cashion Academic Center 307.04
Office Hours (Fall 2019): By appointment
I believe in creating a classroom atmosphere where students are encouraged to contribute through discussion and hands-on learning, not simply as passive observers. While lectures and note-taking are critical elements of the classroom, I teach my classes in a variety of ways that help facilitate experiential learning. All of my favorite undergraduate classes were taught by professors who were truly passionate about the material, sparking a curiosity in me to go beyond mere memorization or preparation for an exam. My professors imparted not only a value for learning, but also provided practical application for the material. My desire is to impart this same type of value and practical knowledge in my classroom so that students are better prepared to meet the world’s need for effective communicators. I believe students will care more and work harder when they can see the practical application of their learning and how it can impact their lives.
My research interests are in organizational communication, specifically within non-profit and faith-based organizations. I enjoy studying socialization, the meaning of work, ambiguous memberships, and identity and sensemaking, to name a few. My past research has focused on long-term international volunteers and the meanings individuals assign to their volunteer work, as well as how international missionaries make sense of ambiguous memberships and missionary service during the exit phase.
I can be found hanging out with my husband, Jared, and my daughter, Julie. Our family loves to be outside enjoying activities like running, hiking, cycling, and competing in triathlons. One of my passions it to travel and see new places. We love to take road trips to visit family, National Parks, and 14ers (mountains with peaks over 14,000 feet) in Colorado. We are proud owners of a German Shepherd named Lady.
The people! From the minute I stepped foot on campus as a freshmen, I knew I was home. I love being a Baylor Bear!