My Career Story
What I’ve done in my educational career, and how I got here
My Passion for Online Teaching
Online teaching has unfortunately been viewed as the ugly distant relative of in-person teaching. However, I feel that is because we haven’t really used the modality to its full potential. There are so many great learning experiences to be had through distance learning! With the use of video, virtual meetings, access to a plethora of information and practical applications online, and a lot of creativity, we can bring the awesome learning experiences that are typically provided in the classrooms into students’ homes on-demand. And it’s there to view over and over, not just one time in a classroom! It’s a revolutionary way to enhance the traditional college experience, and I want to help more instructors discover it for themselves!
24years in education
14years teaching in higher ed
12years teaching online
I began my career in higher education in 2008 in the English department at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Arkansas. Since that time I have served as Division Chair for Arts and Humanities and Associate Vice President for Academics. In 2019 I completed my Doctorate of Education in Adult Learning with an emphasis in Community College Leadership from the University of Arkansas. I also hold a Bachelor of Science in English Education degree from Williams Baptist College and a Master of Science in Education in English degree from Arkansas State University. Before joining Ozarka, I taught as a high school English teacher at the Newport School District, the Southside School District, and the Piggott School District.
My scholarly endeavors include presenting at numerous regional and national conferences, such as the Higher Learning Commission Conference and the League for Innovation. I have also played integral roles in the administration of Ozarka’s concurrent credit offerings, leadership of enrollment management strategies, liaison for accreditation activities, and the recent establishment of the Carpenter Technical Training Center in Ash Flat, Arkansas.