Education: M.A. (Communication Studies: Quantitative Research and Theory), West Virginia University; B.A. (Organizational Communication), Lubbock Christian University.
Currently a 3rd PhD year student, I am looking forward to combining a few of my many interest for a proposal to study how Appalachian women can organize to improve their own lives and well-being.
During my 1st year of school I married and then built a house in my husband's home state of West Virginia, so I am, in a sense, an Appalachian implant, but Southern ways die hard...so friend and foe will tell you that I the girl got out of The South, but The South didn't get out of the girl.
How I Got Here: After my B.A. in Texas (which many believe is a whole other country), I moved to teach Conversational English in China for an all-too-short year. I returned to the USA, finished my M.A., and began to work in an HR firm where I began to recognize my desire to help oppressed and under-resourced women connect with resources to better their own lives. Along the way, I taught at universities and colleges in Wuhan, China; Parkersburg and Vienna, WV, as well as served as a GTA at WVU in Morgantown, WV. These experiences along with my working, coaching, and entrepreneurial experiences lead me to believe that my interests in Communication may contribute to make this world a better place. I bring with me a passion for people, chocolate, the oppressed, China, art, yoga, fly-fishing, coffee, travel, peace, and reconcilliation (in no particular order).
Specialization Interest: During my PhD program, I have had the joy of interning with Makgabaneng (a soap opera in Botswana for HIV prevention initiatives) and exploring topics such as photovoice methods, democracy, dialogue, deliberation, spiritual narratives, participatory methods, communication development, and many others. I am especially interested in appreciative inquiries to explore how groups help themselves out of seemingly hopeless situations.