With a background in diverse learning environments, training in critical pedagogy, and experiences as a college instructor, I am comfortable working in and organizing classrooms, studios, festivals, boardrooms, and in large conference settings. Below is an overview of some recent roles.
Working alone or with a team, I am experienced in providing literature reviews, qualitative data, conducting interviews, surveys, observations and analysis, with specific attention to translating ideas across multiple disciplines and methodologies.
- Received the Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholar of the Year Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association for research on festivals and women in bluegrass.
- First author on over 10 peer reviewed publications, 6 reviews, and numerous trade publications. Over twenty-five international research presentations.
- Through the Global Perspectives Program in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, I worked with a global research team to identify ways higher education institutions can serve as catalysts for regional economic and social growth in rural Swiss communities. This research was presented to the Swiss Embassy in Washington DC.
Efficiently working with diverse groups or as the sole manager, I am glad to provide conference or event management, set up long-term scaffolded projects, initiate new projects, or provide new insights for on-going efforts including strategic development.
- Strategic planning and project development experience at institutional, national, and local levels.
- Event planning and fund raising experience through musical and academic communities.
- Successful preparation of streamlining trainings
- Extensive experience with social media campaigns for individuals, events, or venues.
With nearly a decade of experience teaching and helping educators identify best-practices for their classrooms, I am happy to work with schools, programs, and individual educators and students. My teaching is informed by Frierian and feminist pedagogy.
- course structure design and development, including online course content
- inclusive + equitable classroom training (all educational levels)
- storytelling as a teaching tool (workshops for educators and students)
- conscientious dialogue and teaching with empathy workshops
- place-based education training and program development
My teaching has been recognized by students, as a recipient of the student selected “Favorite Faculty Award” for inclusive classroom practices, as well as colleagues, in receiving the university-wide “Instructor of Record for the Year” award at Virginia Tech, in recognition of transformative pedagogy and innovative teaching methods.
commitment to equity + inclusion
Passionate about educating groups about equity and liberation, I am glad to assess, speak, lead workshops, or review development plans, projects, and policies with a keen eye for equity and inclusion.
I have provided diversity and inclusion strategic plans, seminars, and short workshops. I have experience designing and facilitating successful workshops specific to group needs (5-100 people) with virtual or in-person options.
Development of First Gen workshops, a new First Gen support program. Creation of Appalachian caucus and increased awareness of implicit bias incorporated into hiring, leadership and teaching practices
In 2017, I was inducted as a member of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society at Yale University, recognizing a commitment to inclusion and equity in research and service within academia.