1. What is your professional background?
I have worked in higher education for over 20 years, with a majority of the time spent here at KU. Prior to directing the Center, I worked as an assistant dean in graduate education at KU. In that time, I worked in graduate enrollment management, training programs in graduate education, and responsible scholarship of research. My PhD is in Education from KU and my bachelor’s degree is in English from Washburn University.
2. What is your background in research?
My PhD research examined how schools of education at research universities train doctoral students in their degree (PhD and EdD) programs. I’ve been able to lead a national study on how students search for graduate programs as well as smaller studies on persistence in doctoral education. I’ve been learning about a number of disciplinary approaches to research in my administrative roles, and I try to pass this knowledge on to our KU students.
3. What do you do at the Center for Undergraduate Research?
My job is to direct the many activities within the Center and to provide the leadership and direction for undergraduate research at KU. The Center seeks to support students throughout the entire research process; to support instructors with undergraduate research in the classroom; to develop best practices for KU mentors; and to celebrate undergraduate research and scholarship across the campus. So I see my job as supporting the KU students, faculty and staff involved with undergraduate research at KU.