a little bit about little ol’ me

I am an interdisciplinary artist, thinker and researcher in my fifth year of doctoral studies at Indiana University.  My doctoral major is Art Education, located in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education.  I am double minoring in Inquiry Methodology and a second “interdisciplinary minor” that blends Cultural Studies, Art, Aesthetics and Media.  I hold an Associate Instructor appointment at Indiana University where I have taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Art and Teacher Education.

I am presently co-editing two special issues of the International Journal for Zizek Studies focusing on artistic and creative forms of scholarship in collaboration with Dr. Kristopher Holland of the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP). In April 2014, I served as the Chair of Artistic and Creative Research for the International Zizek Studies Conference.

I spend my spare time snuggling with my two Great Danes, Kahlo and Voodoo.  I’m also an avid kayaker, occasional runner and cyclist, and have an active yoga practice.

 WRITING 2 LIVE    LIVING 2 WRITE  


 

Why I love what I do

Life blessed and cursed me with the gift of ADHD.  Since I was a young child, my curious mind raced with questions that were accompanied by a desire to explore.  As I progressed through the K-12 public school system, my creativity and intellect were underutilized which led to the development of at-risk behaviors.

My desire to learn and make creative contributions to society was stifled until reaching my freshman year of college, when I encountered an intellectually challenging Arts & Sciences curriculum.  It was there, for the first time in my life, that I found a sense of satisfaction and purpose…. as if I belonged to something larger.  I felt at home in a University setting, where I was encouraged to actively pursue my life-long need to constantly ask questions and explore creative possibilities.  At the age of 18, I knew that I wanted to become a professor to continue my quest for knowledge and share my joy of learning with others.

I love engaging in inquiry, no matter the subject or discipline.  Theory and the philosophy of research are conceptual spaces that open up a world of interdisciplinary questions that can be pursued academically and creatively.  As an artist and thinker, this fuels me with creative inspiration for my writing and making practices.  In teaching, my goal is to share multiple approaches to thinking and learning with my students so they are intellectually equipped for successful and fulfilling careers in our rapidly changing global society.

The late Elliot Eisner referred to “the curriculum” as “a mind-altering device”.  I have experienced the rewarding and transformative power of education.  Each semester, I am humbled as I witness this sacred experience taking place in the lives of my students.  They remind me that my own learning is never complete, as I change and grow alongside them.

Want to explore some of my students’ projects? Student Work