College of Arts and Sciences
I am an assistant professor and the Liberal Studies Program Coordinator in the Department of Communication at Western Carolina University, where I teach courses on intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, and public speaking. I hold a BA (cum laude) and MA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and I earned a PhD in Communication (with a concentration in Community and Social Interaction) from the University of Colorado Boulder. I am a critical ethnographer who employs community-based research methods, and my research (a) emphasizes <i>communication activism for social justice scholarship</i>, which involves communication scholars intervening collaboratively to aid marginalized individuals, activist groups, and community-based organizations to obtain social justice; and (b) explores deliberation practices and processes engaged in by people pursuing collective action. My scholarship has appeared in national and international publications, and I have received several awards for my teaching, research, and activism.<br><br>Prior to my academic career, I was a professional musician and community organizer. Rhythm, music, and being in community remain life-sustaining passions of mine.
Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Public Dialogue and Deliberation, Activist Rhetoric, Social Movements, Communication and Community, Research Methods, Service-learning
Communication Activism for Social Justice Research, Communication Activism Pedagogy, Public Dialogue and Deliberation, Critical Intercultural Communication, Applied Communication Research