I am an instructional designer at Kent State University (Ohio). As an instructional designer, I work with faculty to develop and enhance online courses for the College of Communication and Information. My work allows me to collaborate with a wide variety of faculty who are engaged and invested in what they do. Together, we work to make the courses they teach even better, through collaboration, technology, and educational psychology principles. I love the challenge of helping to find solutions for complex online teaching and learning approaches and helping faculty and students have great online learning experiences.
I earned my Ph.D. in December, 2013 from Kent State University. My dissertation focused on a peer mentoring project that I have been collaborating with Anne Morrison on, for the past six years. In this project, we have been exploring peer mentoring and relational learning among undergraduate teacher education majors. The project is led by Anne. My dissertation (Relational Learning: A Study of Peer Mentoring Experiences among Undergraduate Teacher Education Majors) focuses on this mentoring project and incorporates reflecting processes, photo elicitation, and phenomenological interviewing to describe the experiences of these mentors and aims to continue the conversation regarding what it is to be a mentor. Anne and I have presented locally and nationally about relational learning and peer mentoring, focusing specifically on the outcomes and insights gathered through our research on this mentoring project.
My research interests include teacher education, mentoring, relational learning, and online education. I have also worked with the Taos Institute to highlight projects and/or research by Associates who engage in relational practices in education and am currently collaborating on other projects that are underway, including Taos group spaces.