Hello, and welcome to my website! Fall 2012 was my first semester as an Assistant Professor of Communication at Southern Polytechnic State University, but I have taught communication courses at the college level since 2004. Previously, I taught at Auburn University, the University of Kentucky, and Georgia Highlands College.
I have a PhD in Communication from the University of Kentucky, a MA in Communication from Auburn University, and a BA in Communication Arts: Public Communication from the University of North Alabama. My research interests are in media studies, gender studies, identity construction and management online, communication pedagogy and communication history. I have published in Communication Teacher, the Florida Communication Journal, Kentucky Communication Journal, In Media Res, and most recently published a book chapter with Dr. James P. Gleason (Eastern Kentucky University) on interactivity and student learning outcomes. I regularly present at and am an active member of local, state, regional and national professional communication organizations including the Georgia Communication Association, Southern States Communication Association, National Communication Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
I'm incredibly passionate about teaching college students in communication, and I happen to love my job as a college professor! My favorite classes to teach are those dealing with some aspect of communication theory, including theories of mass media, small group, health, interpersonal and organizational communication, but I especially enjoy helping students overcome their fears of public speaking.
I live in Kennesaw, Georgia with my husband and our 17-year-old cat, Chloe. I love to cook, eat, travel, and spend time with my friends & family. I also enjoy training for (and competing in!) endurance athletic events, such as road races, trail runs, triathlons, and open-water swims.