My primary interests relate to gender and communication and communication education. As an educator, my goal is to help students find their own voices and to process the myriad of voices swirling around us every day. My research interests center around that concept. Current projects include examining gender in young adult literature, heroines in literature, analyzing public speaking rubrics, creating better tools for teaching at-risk K-12 students, and creating better community connections between student groups and local organizations. I am a member of the National Councile of Teacher's of English, Popular Culture Association, National Communication Association, and Central States Communication Association. I chair the Communicatio and Theatre Arts Department of the UW Colleges. I teach half time online and half time at UW Rock County. I also currently chair the Curriculum Committee at UW Rock County as well as the Professional Development Committee of UW Colleges Online. I serve on the Online Merit Committee as well.