I am a higher education scholar committed to social justice, global learning, and scholarly praxis. I am presently an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at the University of South Carolina. I am a qualitative researcher who primarily studies student engagement and learning in higher education. I operationalize my research focus through three interconnected topic areas: international student mobility, scholar-practitioner preparation, and transnational education.
In addition to managing several research projects, I advise graduate students, teach graduate courses, and contribute to international and national academic organizations. Prior to my doctoral program, I spent several years engaging with students, faculty, and staff as a student affairs professional. I have over seven years of experience as a practitioner, working in several functional areas including residential life, new student orientation, and student activities. Throughout my various roles as a practitioner and a scholar, I emphasize engagement, interaction, challenge, and inspiration as key tenets in my core educational philosophy.
I am a native of Savannah, Georgia, and completed my Bachelors in Arts in Journalism at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I received my Master of Education from Loyola University Chicago in Higher Education Administration. I completed my Doctor of Philosophy in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University.