I fell in love with the Bluegrass and loved my time in Lexington. The University of Kentucky is home to one of the top communication PhD programs in the country, and I was so fortunate to be able to study under some academic rock stars, like Dr. Tom Lindlof, who was my dissertation advisor. And I got to continue my teaching job, which only reinforced how much I loved the classroom.
After Kentucky, I moved to Kennesaw to marry my long-distance fiance' of 4 years, Dave. We are still happily married and now have a 2-year-old son, Luke. He may or may not have been named after Luke Skywalker.
At this point, I've been teaching at the college level for 12 years. So much has changed in media studies since I started on this journey, and I love the challenge of keeping up with new trends and research. My students help me out with that quite a bit. I love it when I learn as much from a class as I hope they learn from me.
In my copious free time (that's a joke; when you have a toddler and a full-time job, free time doesn't really exist) - okay, in my past life before children I was an endurance athlete who competed in all sorts of events. My favorite races are olympic distance triathlons, open water swims, and half marathons. I still squeeze in a sprint tri and 5 or 10K here and there. Maybe I'll get back to hard core events when a small human no longer depends on me for everything.
This is me in a half Ironman back in 2012. I heart triathlons!
I also like to cook (good thing, since I have a family to feed), and read, and kayak on Lake Allatoona.
We got these inflatable kayaks a few years ago, and they are the bomb dot com. They take about 5 minutes to inflate, and fold up into manageable duffle bags for storage. Here they are, ready to go at my usual entry spot at Red Top Mountain State Park.
Students usually tell me that they like my enthusiasm, and, more recently, that I'm "quirky." I take it as a compliment. I'm tough (because I care about you and want you to actually learn things), but I'm also fair. I make an effort to be responsive and friendly. If you ever have questions about anything, hit me up. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's have a great semester.