Biography

Earned and Honorary Degrees

EdD Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
CAS Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
MA The American University, Washington, D.C.
BA St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York

Background

Originally from upstate New York, I have had the opportunity to travel and study widely in twelve different countries. For the past ten years I have been involved in providing accessibility resources for students with disabilities. I currently teach Sociology, Introduction to Diversity Studies, and Applied Human Relations at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I am also the accommodations specialist. In addition, I teach Critical Thinking and Writing online at National Louis University in Chicago, with three new cohorts starting in September. The themes of my courses contain elements of empathy, compassion, and connection, and I try to replicate them in my life.

Why Northland?

When I started teaching the Living Biosphere at DePaul University, sixteen years ago, I knew that I had found the perfect synergy for my passions. Northland College offers me the same opportunity for a similar synergy combining sustainability, accessibility, and student learning.

Student Involvement

I have been using Service Learning as an option for sixteen years. My students become uniquely involved in the community and at the same time, learn new perspectives on the course content. I also use small group and project-based learning experiences, giving students options to choose where and how they feel most comfortable expressing their learning outcomes in the educational setting. Each class sets its own agreed upon ground rules for discussion and behavior. Listening and sharing in a safe environment are important components to all aspects of my professional life.

Personal Interests

When my husband and I are not spending time on the 120 acres near Bayfield, we might be with one of our five adult children or grandson. Our lovable dog, Zoey, is never far from our sides. Yoga is a year round passion for me, with seasonal favorites being beach walking in the warmer months and snow shoeing or cross-country skiing in the winter. Big Top Chautauqua feels like a second home in the summer, where we have been volunteering for over ten years.