Certified Peer Reviewer
- Master of Education in Educational Technology 2014, University of Arkansas
- Bachelor of Science in Digital Media and Design 2010, Arkansas State University
- College of Education and Health Professions
About me, in my words
One of the mantras I live by is "never stop learning." I have always had an insatiable curiosity to learn and explore new areas and concepts. Equally matched with my curiosity is my love of technology. One of my earliest memories is the sheer joy I got from playing on a TI-99/4 in Kindergarten. I grew up and lived a majority of my life in Northeast Arkansas. While working as a webmaster and designer in an earlier career, I chose to pursue my bachelor's degree at Arkansas State University in Digital Media and Design. During this time, I made the decision that I wanted to work in Higher Education and I enrolled in the Master of Education in Educational Technology program at the University of Arkansas. Shortly after earning my master's degree, I began working in the Faculty Center at A-State in the areas of online course and faculty professional development. During this time, I established my love of collaborating with faculty to help them develop and enhance their online courses. I also worked as a Career and Online Technical Coach for Black River Technical College in a part-time role. This position provided me additional insight into the demands of distance education from the student perspective. Today, I am proud to call Fayetteville home as I work as an Instructional Designer for the University of Arkansas Global Campus.
The best part about working with faculty is...
building relationships with a group of experts who are passionate about their work and research in their respective fields. I enjoy partnering with them to find solutions to the challenges they may face in their online courses or to simply improve the overall quality of their courses. Drawing from their firsthand experience also provides me the unique opportunity to be exposed to a vast array of subjects which I might not otherwise have the chance to explore.
If I were not an instructional designer, I would probably...
still somehow be involved in education. I was profoundly influenced by many of the teachers I had growing up. They worked tirelessly to improve the lives of their students for the better often with low pay and benefits. To me, there's no more noble a profession than to be an educator.
When I walk across the University of Arkansas campus, I am always amazed...
at the enormous impact the university has in touching the lives of millions in ways both large and small when you consider the amount of research being conducted on campus. You have research centers and institutes as varied as international relations to nanoscience. The overall scope is pretty fascinating when you stop and reflect upon it.
My away-from-work passion is...
collecting movie and political memorabilia. For me, it's a natural extension of my interests in classic films and politics. I love going to estate sales and exploring antique stores because you never know what you may end up coming home with later. It really can be like a treasure hunt. My most prized find is an original Italian movie poster for the film Giant circa 1963 that hangs in my media room at home.