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My research agenda revolves around my interest in policies concerning workers' (re)entry into the workforce, workers’ education, union organizing, and the online delivery of courses: these interests informs my teaching and are closely tied to my service activities. The social justice focus of my research directs my interest in service industry workers in the Indianapolis, Indiana hotel industry, policies relating to state and federal training programs for dislocated workers, and worker education programs which contribute to an informed citizenry. 

Past Affiliations

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Labor Education Specialist, Labor Education

Adjunct Faculty, English

Research Assistant, English

Associate Professor, Departament of Labor Studies

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Associate Professor, Labor Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Adjunct Faculty, English

Assistant Professor, Labor Education Program, University of Missouri Extension, University of Missouri-Columbia (past)

Adjunct Faculty, English

Adjunct Faculty, Department of English, College of Arts and Science, University of Missouri-Columbia (past)

Adjunct Faculty, Labor Relations

Labor Education Specialist, Institute for Economic Advancement, College of Business, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (past)

School of Social Work, Indiana University Bloomington

Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management, Social Work
MA, University of Missouri-Columbia, Public Affairs, Policy Studies, 2005
PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, 2004
MA, Southwest Missouri State University, English, 2000
BS, Drury University, English, Literature, 1998
building trades, women in apprenticeshps labor management relationships, workers' education, online training

Distinguished Course Award (Labor and the Economic Environment), University Continuing Education Association Distance Learning Non-credit Course Award, 2006-2006

Eunice Vandiver Drake Scholarship, College of Education (University of MO, Columbia), 2002-2003

IBEW Founders' Scholarship, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, 1996-1998

Pi Alpha Alpha
United Association for Labor Education
University Continuing Education Association