My instructional practice focuses on graduate students in Planning, Public Policy & Management. In my courses, students engage in applied and experiential learning to prepare them for the professional and career goals they have identified. They have opportunities to build specific knowledge bases, skill sets, and professional practices. I encourage students to explore significant concerns around the interdisciplinary nature of and power dynamics of managing and administering, critiquing and interpreting, writing and researching. I support and guide students through plans for their professional life, including internship and career opportunities.
In addition to my instructional role, I am the Director of UO Common Reading housed in the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success. Each year, UO Common Reading offers a shared intellectual experience for students, faculty, and staff around a book relevant to today's interconnected society. Engagement with these books in curricular and co-curricular settings creates a sense of community, encourages critical reading, and introduces students to the nature of inquiry, creativity, and research.
I serve as an invited member of the Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the international Association of Arts Administration Educators. I have served on advisory boards for ArtCore, the Cultural Advocacy Coalition, and the Oregon Arts Commission.
Current UO Courses
PPPM 604: Internship
PPPM 604: Internship Nonprofit
PPPM 623: Professional Development I
PPPM 663: Professional Development II
Past UO Courses
AAD 199: Portable Life Museum
AAD 199: Art Meets Science: Making the Invisible Visible
AAD 250: Art & Human Values
AAD 251: Art and Visual Literacy
AAD 252: Art and Gender
AAD 301: Understanding Arts & Creative Sectors
AAD 312: Arts Management
AAD 421/521: Cultural Programming
AAD 471/571: Performing Arts Management
Courses at Prior Institutions
Theatre Across the Disciplines
Writing Across the Disciplines
Costuming for the Stage
Theatre History I
Makeup for the Stage
Managing and Organizing Your Time
My current research interests include experiential learning for professional and career development in public and nonprofit sector settings; systems of access, marginalization, and belonging in public and nonprofit workplace settings; and active and engaged teaching and learning for public and nonprofit sector students. I have special interests in issues related to gender, the working class, and art alongside various elements of performance, process, and production of identity.
Previously, I have studied and written on arts and culture in recreation and leisure settings, the state of arts education policy and practice in Oregon, representations of comic book superheroes, and the history of large-scale theatrical pageants in the City of Eugene, Oregon. I have published in the following peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Arts Management, Law & Society; Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics; Willamette Valley Voices; and Northwest Theatre Review. I also published a book chapter (2018) on arts and culture in parks and recreation settings for an introductory textbook.
I am current editor for the Teaching Notes section of the American Journal of Arts Management. I have served on the editing team for Studies in Art Education, am Past Editor for CultureWork: A Periodic Broadside for Arts & Culture Workers, and was a lead reviewer for a text on Women Cartoonists published by Canadian Scholars.
Recent Awards & Memberships
2017 UO Williams Fellowship for Excellence in Undergradute Teaching
Member, UO Provost's Teaching Academy
2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 UO Rippey Innovative Teaching Award
CSWS Travel Grants
Member, National Association of Colleges and Employers
Invited Member, 2016-present, Association of Arts Administration Educators Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force
2016-2017 UO Working Group on Inclusive and Intercultural Teaching
DKG International Distinguished Women Educators, Inductee 2012
Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honorary
Southwestern Campus Players Theatre Honorary