Certificate in Chinese language and linguistics, Nankai University, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China
B.S. in chemistry, Chinese, and communications, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Minnesota
M.A. in teaching English as a second language, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Additional graduate coursework in second languages and cultures education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Areas of Interest
The impact of disrupted education on higher education attainment, the acculturation of African immigrants and refugees, and technology-enhanced learning in communication courses.
Research & Discovery
I am driven to discover what best helps learners become comfortable and confident in communicating orally and in writing as well as to provide learners with opportunities to critically through contemporary issues.
What Students Can Expect From Me
Students enrolled in courses that I teach quickly learn that I really do care about their learning. By building a comfortable and enjoyable classroom community developed in the early weeks of the semester by sharing our stories and experiences, I focus on sharing key content related to communication, communication styles, and storytelling while encouraging students to take on their personal challenges and overcome them.
Undergraduate Courses I teach
EDHD 1051: Editing for Writers
EDHD 1525W: First Year Inquiry: Multidisciplinary Ways of Knowing
FSoS 1461: Presentations at Work: Families, Communities, Nonprofits, and Schools
Honors and Awards
Excellence in Advising Award, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota (2017)
Professional and Administrative Worker--Outstanding Service and Achievement Award, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota (2007)
Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Continuing Education, University of Minnesota (2001)