Program Coordinator, Adjunct Faculty, and Ultrarunner in Wilmington, Delaware
Identity constructs us and is constructed by us. My own identity and positionality as a researcher, educator, partner, advocate, ally, and friend is constantly evolving as I learn and grow. I currently serve as an Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of Equity & Inclusion at the University of Delaware, and am also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Womens & Gender Studies and Human Development and Family Studies. Prior to my time in Delaware, I was a full-time lecturer in the Women’s & Gender Studies program at Iowa State University. I received my Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, with an emphasis in multicultural and international curriculum studies, in 2013 from Iowa State University. I consider myself a feminist multicultural sexuality educator and approach my work from these intersecting theoretical perspectives. This work occurs in the classroom and outside of it, and I strive to explore new and emerging ways to bridge the gaps between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. These perspectives allow me to engage students on multiple levels and assist them in the co-construction of their learning and identity development.
My dissertation research examined the implementation of sexuality education policy in rural Midwestern communities. More broadly, I am interested in the social construction of sexuality and the influence it continues to have in our society. This influence encompasses education, social policy, media discourse, and notions of identity, privilege, and power.
When I’m not reading, writing, or teaching, you can find me with a pair of running shoes as I chase down new and exciting goals and distances. If you happen to be a runner yourself, or are just curious, feel free to check out Chasing 42: Life, The Universe, and Running. I attempt to bring to bear my critical thinking skills on a sport that often defies logic…which is part of the fun, I suppose!