I joined the UW-Fox Valley faculty in the fall of 2014. Previously, I taught geography courses at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while completing my PhD. My research has focused broadly on causes and consequences of sociospatial inequality and I have published and given conference presentations on public space, homelessness, urban greening and the creative class approach to urban development, and migration and urban change.
As a 2017-2018 fellow with the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars program, I have expanded my research focus to include the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL). One of my current projects examines the efficacy of taking students’ cultural contexts seriously as course content in an introductory cultural geography class. Another uses narrative inquiry to understand experiences of college students as they constitute senses of self and establish aspirations for the future while navigating the shifting landscape of higher education, the recasting of students as rational consumers, and the production of discourses that identify personal responsibility and individual traits like “grit” as basic determinants of success or failure in education and life.
I love teaching and learning and have been fortunate to have the opportunity teach a wide range of courses at UW-Fox Valley and to develop new courses and use a variety of teaching methods. I incorporate active learning into all of my Geography and GSW classes and often include community-based assignments and activities to help students make connections between what they learn in the classroom and the world around them.
In addition to classroom teaching, I also lead workshops on diversity and inclusion as a certified MAP facilitator for the UW Colleges and Extension Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion's Multicultural Awareness Program.