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Lecturer I - Arts And Humanities
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Academic and Professional Endeavors
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Professional Preparation

Master of Arts - Emerging Media and Communications
School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas - 2015
Bachelor of Science - Business Management/Communications
University of Phoenix - 2012
Equiv. to Associates - Elementary/Special Education
New Mexico State University - 1983

Research Areas

Observation Research
During Graduate School:  I assisted my graduate advisor and professor, Dr. Kim Knight as a researcher for her Fashioning Circuits wearable Media Public Humanities Project. In 2018 her work was published and she graciously acknowledged (in Chapter 26) all those colleagues and  students, including myself, who founded, contributed, researched and participated in the project!
Digital Youth Culture
Interested in how youth communicate in the digital world.


Lecturer I
Arts & Humanities [2015–Present]
Teaching core course in Oral and Technology-based Communication including, Interpersonal, Intra-personal, Public Speaking and Small Group Dynamics.


Capstone Celebration: Best Capstone Nomination - Edith O'Donnell Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication College, UTDallas [2015]
Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers - Graduate Student Creative Writing: Short Story category: 2nd place [2014]


New Instructional Environment for Future Instructors
2020/07 Center for Teaching and Learning: Created a video tutorial on the Virtual Team Experience for new instructional environments for Future Instructors (2020).
Career Center Online Presentation: How to create Online Engagement in a Digital Meeting.
2020/07 Presented a Q&A session with Staff and Student workers for the UTDallas Career Center.
Moderated the Faculty Mentor Q&A Session on How to use eLearning with Math Equations and Test Banks (Guest Speaker presented)
2020/07 Moderated a Q&A Session for other faculty on how to use a Test Bank and Equations in eLearning.
RAW (Research, Art & Writing) Graduate Conference: The University of Texas at Dallas
2014/10 Presented Capstone Thesis on Crowdfunding and Fandom/Affect Theory: Why Fan's Give.
Capstone Celebration
2015/05 Presented Capstone/Thesis on Crowdfunding and Fandom/Affect Theory: Why Fans Give.

Additional Information

Allen Independant School District
Substitute Teacher (K-12)
Personal Statement
I took a digital communications course in my undergraduate studies and have been fascinated with digital media and how people communicate online ever since. My graduate thesis was on crowdfunding campaign sites, such as Kickstarter, and how this has become a type of communication and even a social media hierarchy for fans of all sorts of genres within this type of medium. I am also interested in the privacy and security aspect of online communities. I hope to influence and share my knowledge with students so they can communicate on the World Wide Web responsibly and with respect.

When it comes to communication and public speaking my goal is to help students become confident and at ease while presenting. I hope to help them understand these skills and incorporate them into their lives now and in the professional world when they hit the big time. Public speaking doesn't have to be so frightening. I provide activities and exercises that will help students become more confident when standing in front of an audience. It's ok to be nervous, I get nervous. There are tools that will help and I hope to provide those tools in my courses. I also want to provide students with the importance of team building, working together productively and cooperatively. Team work can actually be a positive experience. I like giving individual and team feedback and make every effort to instruct students to improve their techniques in communication and presentation skills. My motto is, "I'm here to help students succeed!"

Before teaching at UT Dallas, I worked for the past three years as a substitute teacher for a local North Texas school district, I actually still sub there when I can. Before that I was an executive administrative assistant for a global pharmaceutical company. I have also served in several part-time student internships and positions while attending graduate school here at UT Dallas. I have tutored, trained others and instructed in some way or another in every position I have had. I love to teach, and I think one of the best things about teaching is actually learning—learning from my students. I feel there is a reciprocity and students teach me more than I teach them. Teaching higher ed. offers such collaboration and ideas to flow, it's the best place to teach and the opportunity and honor to teach here at UT Dallas is immeasurable.

My Professional and Scholarly Website
Please view my website for more information HERE. 


Faculty Mentor
The University of Texas at Dallas-Resource for Faculty in digital learning and development, working along side the eLearning group and OIT to support faculty.
Faculty Advisor
Faculty Advisor for Student Organization: LDSSA (Latter-Day Saint Student Association)
Korean HYU Program
Participated in the Korean HYU program, sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities-Recruited, co-created, and participated in “small talk” activity with COMM 1311 students to promote inter-cultural exchange with the Korean HYU students.Attended Korean exchange students’ team presentations. Invited the COMM1311 students involved with the activity to also attend.
Comm1311: Video Instructions
Created video instructions on how to use UTD’s application for students’ videoed speeches
Academic Bridge Program
Instructed and taught Academic Bridge Students in the Comm1311 course and continue to do so. (2016-present)


Student Success Center
eLearning Group
Faculty mentoring other Faculty on online learning and digital interface.
Graduate Student Association
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
CompuServe Books and Writers Community (Now known as The LitForum)
Notable members: Diana Gabaldon (Author), Vicki Pettersson (Author), Janet McConaughey (AP Journalist).
Student Organization Center (SOC)
Supporting and advising a student lead organization