I am the Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and a Professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminology at Western Kentucky University. I am responsible for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in academic affairs, program assessment, and the quality enhancement plan. I teach primarily in the Diversity and Community Studies undergraduate major.

I received undergraduate degrees in sociology and environmental science and my master’s of science in public health/environmental health at Western Kentucky University. I completed my PhD in Higher Education Administration at the University of Louisville. My current research focuses on issues pertaining to higher education, sense of place, food justice & politics, social policy, community-based research, and sustainability/resilience. For my most recent research and publication projects, click here.

Aside from scholarly interests and activities, I also enjoy music (my first love), cycling, running, cooking, kayaking, and gardening. I am a member of an Americana group called, “Just Us” – check us out!