My first formal teaching experience was as an English teacher in Lesotho, Southern Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. After my Peace Corps service I earned my M.A. in applied linguistics at Ohio University where I won the outstanding teaching assistant award. I also published findings from my Master’s thesis in the _Journal of Second Language Writing. _
I then completed a two year internship teaching intensive and academic English for international students with the English Language Center at Michigan State University. In 2003 I moved back to Indiana, my home state, to pursue my Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology, minoring in computer-mediated communication, at Indiana University.
I was an assistant and tenured associate professor from 2003-2014 at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, serving as the coordinator of the qualitative research methods graduate certificate program, facilitating the Discourse Analysis Research Team, and helping to design and re-launch the instructional design Master’s program as an award-winning fully online program.
At the University of Georgia I teach a variety of qualitative research courses in face-to-face, online and blended learning environments, including workshops on ATLAS.ti.