In my career, I have been a college teacher, a faculty development / educational development leader, and a scholar of American literature.

Currently, I am a graduate student in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, where I am in the Human Development, Culture, and Learning Sciences program. Here I am building on my professional experience by learning the most recent research about effective teaching and learning.

Previously, I have led programs that brought educational research to college faculty, curricula, and programs. From 2016-2021, I was the founding director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship at Southwestern University (Georgetown, TX), and from 2007-2016, I was the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at St. Edward’s University (Austin, TX). I have also taught full-time on the tenure track in English at Denison University (Granville, OH). 

In my work, I have helped faculty develop their teaching and scholarship and engage students in transformative learning experiences.  My recent research has focused on pedagogies in teaching literature and writing and rhetorics of college teaching. As an educational development expert, I was recently named to the Fulbright Specialist roster by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars. I hold a B. A. in mathematics and humanities from Valparaiso University and the M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin.

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