Office Location: Marrs McLean Science 185.5
Office Hours (Fall 2022): Tuesdays 9a-11a or by appointment
- Ph.D., Organizational Communication, University of Oklahoma
- M.S., Communication Studies, Texas Christian University
- B.B.A., Baylor Business Fellows, Baylor University
- CSS 4303 Leadership and Communication
- CSS 1302 Speech for Business and Professional Students
I research the communicative process of resilience and its importance for individual and group dynamics, in both work and non-work domains. I am particularly interested in how individuals and groups enact communicative resilience processes amidst and following disruptive events. My research can be found in outlets such as the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Communication Studies, and Southern Communication Journal.
My teaching philosophy is built upon three tenets: passion, challenge, and care. Effective learning environments must incorporate each for the success of myself and my students. Though material, structure, and student composition of each class will alter how I design a lesson or prepare for a new semester, these characteristics serve as the foundation for how I approach the classroom. Communicating passion is at the heart of how I prepare and teach. Passion helps me develop teaching objectives, formulate lesson plans, and prepare for the ways I interact with students. My classes encounter challenge in a myriad of ways: through mastering conceptually challenging subject material, or perhaps encountering a new idea that may challenge current beliefs. I also strive to challenge myself to step outside of comfortable patterns with new lesson plans.
Finally, care for my students, careful preparation both before and during the semester, and care within interactions with colleagues drive who I am as an instructor. Care provides avenues through which I can connect with my students and engage them in the material. A caring reputation builds trusting relationships through which students become more open to challenge, and thus my genuine passion for course material allows for richer student engagement.
Family, Outside Hobbies, and Interests:
When I’m not on campus, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Travis (also a Baylor grad), our daughter, Jessica, and two dogs, Beanie and Mack. We are huge Baylor sports fans and try to make it to as many games and events as possible! Aside from cheering on the Bears or exploring Waco, we are avid movie fans, readers, and enjoying hiking and backpacking as well.
What is the best thing about being a Baylor Bear?
As a third generation Baylor Bear, I’ve loved Baylor for as long as I can remember! My siblings and I grew up attending Homecoming, sporting events, and counting down the days until we’d begin our own Baylor journeys. My time as an undergraduate was full of fond memories and fitting in as many courses and activities as I possibly could. The opportunity to now give back to Baylor as a faculty member is a dream come true – I truly believe it’s a university like no other!