CIDE Graduate Student Profiles
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
- M.P.A., Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
- B.A., St. John’s University, communication major and Asian studies minor
Areas of Interest
- Experiential Learning
- Cultural Competencies and Cultural Intelligence
- Cross-Cultural and Global Virtual Teams
- Global Identity
The trajectory of my personal, academic, and professional journey was ultimately changed due to a four-month undergraduate study abroad program in China. Based on this watershed experience I added an Asian studies minor to my communication degree and volunteered to teach in China after my undergraduate graduation. My initial one year teaching experience in China eventually turned into nine years wherein I taught intercultural communication at a university in China and also managed an educational non-profit organization in Hong Kong.
Since moving back to the United States, I have worked in corporate project management with a team in India. More recently, I work at the Carlson Global Institute at the University of Minnesota. In my role I help manage our global business projects between Carlson School of Management MBA students and international partner schools in Brazil, Austria, China, Sweden, and Costa Rica.
I am very excited to be part of the CIDE Ph.D. cohort and I am very inspired by the interdisciplinary approach of the program. I look forward to grounding best practices in the field of international education in academic theory. Specifically, I want to explore empirical methods for measuring and promoting cultural competencies on global virtual teams.
Revised December 10, 2015