As of January 1, 2016, I am the Regional Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (North Region: UW-Barron County, UW-Marshfield/Wood County, UW-Marathon County, UW-Marinette) and the Campus Administator for UW-Marathon County.
I started my career with UW Colleges in Fall 2008 when I went to UW-Barron County as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Sociology after gaining eight years of teaching experience in multiple disciplines (anthropology, sociology, and business) at various institutions in India, Mexico, the United States, and Puerto Rico. I was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System at their meeting on June 6, 2014. On July 1, 2014, the then Dean and Campus Executive Officer, Dr. Dean Yohnk, appointed me as the Associate Campus Dean for the University of Wisconsin - Barron County.
At UW-Barron County, I taught the disciplines of anthropology as well as sociology that includes a wide array of courses including cultures of the world, sociology of marriage and the family, sociology of race and ethnicity, and economic anthropology. Since fall 2009, I got actively engaged in the Engaging Students in the First Year (ESFY) program and taught the First Year Seminar (LEC 100).
Broadly, my research interests are centered in the area of economic anthropology and race/ethnic relations. My most recent reseach and publication have been in the area of informal finance and retail businesses in Mexico. I also started work on a project to evaluate the impact of ethnic studies courses on students' attitudes and perceptions about minority groups.
At UW-Barron County, Besides teaching and conducting research, I was actively engaged in curriculum development, institutional oversight of research involving human subjects (IRB), and inclusive excellence. I served as the Chairperson of the Campus Curriculum Committee for the academic year 2013-14, and was the University of Wisconsin Colleges' Institutional Review Board (IRB) Chair from Fall 2011 to Spring 2014.
My interest in helping students see the value of a liberal arts and science education and engage in campus and community life led me to advise the campus student organization the Spirituality Network (formerly, FAIR) that strives to provide a platform for an open and safe inter-faith dialogue.
In summer 2011, I became the first faculty member in the University of Wisconsin Colleges to be certified to facilitate multicultural awareness workshops for UW Colleges & Extension. Since January 2012, I served as the Campus Point-person for the University of Wisconsin Colleges' Inclusive Excellence Network until my relocation to UW-Marathon County.
I am a member of the Academy for Leadership and Innovation Class II (2014), a leadership development and critical thinking class designed for faculty, academic staff, and classified staff working in the UW Colleges and the UW-Extension, as well as those with UW-Extension appointments at other UW institutions.