I am a published historian of higher education as well as an experienced advancement professional. I earned bachelor degrees in journalism and US history from Kansas State and Wichita State universities respectively, a master's degree in American studies from the University of Maryland, and a doctorate in American history from Kansas State. I began my higher education career at Kansas State University in 2003, where I became senior director of development for the College of Engineering. I have also served as the director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Afterwards, I oversaw the fusion of advancement efforts--alumni relations, fundraising, and communications--as the senior director of development at University of Arkansas's College of Engineering. Throughout my career, I've maintained an active research and writing portfolio (Deans of Women and the Feminist Movement: Emily Taylor's Activism, Palgrave Macmillan 2014); I'm currently writing a book on the history of women's leadership training in higher education.
What I Do at Honors
As the Director for Advancement, I oversee external relations, alumni communications, and advancement programming for University Honors. I also teach an Honors Freshman Seminar and serve as an Honors Mentor.
Why I Love Working in Honors
I love that Honors provides each student with the opportunity to reach his or her own potential. It's a pleasure to help students see how talented they are and to help them in thinking through the future they want to build.
I Can Help With . . .
- Alumni relations and fundraising opportunities
- Careers in higher education administration, non-profits, and fundraising
- Public relations careers in policy and politics
- History and oral history methodologies