I Am UWG
Job title: Assistant Professor of Professional Counseling-College Student Affairs.
What I really do: Teach classes in Student Affairs/Higher Education Administration and research methods; advise master’s students in the CSA program; conduct research (often collaboratively with graduate students) on LGBTQ and marginalized populations in higher education; advise GSAP, the graduate student organization for our CSA program.
Years at UWG: About 6 months.
Before UWG, I: Last academic year I served a one-year appointment as a visiting professor at Iowa State University where I taught courses and advised graduate students in the Higher Education-Student Affairs program. Before that I was working on my Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
One thing I would change about UWG: Be more supportive of marginalized and targeted populations, especially LGBTQ people.
I was born in: Sayre, Pennsylvania – but raised in upstate New York about halfway between Binghamton and Ithaca.
Family members are: Mother Judy, father Jim, sister Kim, brother Fred, niece Bianca, nephews Quentin and Rocco, grandmother Micki – all of whom still live in my hometown of Owego, N.Y.
People describe me as: I had one student from last summer tell me that I am very charismatic…I’ll take it.
Most colleagues don’t know that: I am a huge sports fan; college and pro football, college basketball, hockey, tennis, soccer…can’t get enough.
Favorite things to do: I like watching sports events, playing sports, teaching dance, and hanging out with friends.
Favorite quote: “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” - Socrates
Proudest accomplishment so far: Finishing my two graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) in just over 4 years.
Pet peeve: Rude drivers.
Best advice ever received: Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Best advice for new faculty and staff: Take time to get to know the people who support your work on campus. There are so many under-appreciated, under-celebrated support staff members who really make things happen.
What I most want to contribute to students: I want students to get excited about education because it is intellectually stimulating. I hope that my love for learning is contagious and that students develop a desire to learn more about the topics we cover in class.
The movie everyone should watch: TransAmerica.
The person, dead or alive, I’d most like to meet: I was a history major in undergrad and still have a passion for ancient history, so Julius Caesar is high on the list.
The place I’d love to travel to where I haven’t been yet: I have been fascinated with Incan culture since I took a South American archaeology class in undergrad and have always wanted to visit Machu Picchu, Peru.
Although you didn’t ask, I’d like to tell you anyway: Although I was raised a Yankee, I love living in the South. Admittedly, I don’t like grits or sweet tea, but the people, culture, environment and history are all things I appreciate about the region. During my tenure at UWG I hope to continue to honor where the institution has come from and be a part of shaping its future.
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